Relieve chronic pain with massage and more
Can alternative therapies relieve chronic pain? In this Ask the Experts video, physical therapist Mike Clark, DPT, explains pain-relief options, including massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic.
Acupuncture entails inserting ultra-thin needles into certain points of the body to unblock the flow of energy as a way
to treat pain and disease. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Living with chronic pain isn't easy. It's even harder if you try to tough it out on your own. The following pain treatments have ache-easing potential
and are becoming increasingly popular among chronic pain sufferers. Massage-- findings are mixed regarding massage
as a tool for lasting pain relief, but it has provided comfort for many. There are many different forms of massage, so ask your doctor which type is the safest for you.
Acupuncture-- a branch of ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture entails inserting ultra thin needles
into certain points of the body to unblock the flow of energy as a way to treat pain and disease.
Physical therapy-- besides prescribing in-home exercises to pain patients, physical therapists typically
use a combination of hands-on massage, stretching, strengthening, and range-of-motion treatments to relieve pain and improve the conditions that cause it.
Chiropractic therapy-- highly popular for back and headache pain, chiropractic is a form of spinal manipulation aimed
at correcting pain-inducing misalignments between the vertebrae. If you're thinking of trying it, ask your doctor if it's safe for your chronic pain.
For more ways to manage your pain, watch all our smart tips right here. [AUDIO LOGO]
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