Popular non-drug approaches could be effective in pain managment
Most of us turn to medicines for curing our pain and aches. But a new research suggests that some most popular non-drug approaches can also help ease pain, without causing extreme side effects.
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Researchers from National Institute of Health and National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health have found that complementary health approaches such as yoga, tai chi and acupuncture can effectively manage many persistent pains and they are also cheaper and safer to use than normal prescribed medications.
“For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to nondrug approaches to help manage their pain,” said Richard Nahin, an epidemiologist and lead author of the study.
“Our goal for this study was to provide relevant, high quality information for primary care providers and for patients who suffer from chronic pain.”
For the study, researchers reviewed the outcome of more than 100 clinical trails conducted over the past 50 years. Those trials were focused on seven ‘natural’ approaches for dealing five painful conditions including back pain, headaches and migraines and their purpose was to determine the safety and effectiveness of any given approach.
Researchers found that each approach is useful for managing a certain pain condition. Acupuncture and yoga are effective in treating back pain. Acupuncture and tai chi can relieve osteoarthritis or stiffness or pain of the knee while relaxation techniques can ease severe headaches and migraines. Message therapy can also provide some relief from neck pain but on temporarily basis.
About 30 to 40 percent people in United States are applying complementary health approaches to eliminate their chronic pains but they are doing it without proper guidance. Even, they don’t know whether these techniques will prove useful in relieving pain.
This large-scale analysis provide strong evidence of effectiveness for some of the most popular non-drug techniques practiced in Unites States and explains how these techniques actually work and which technique should be used foe certain pain conditiosn. Researchers believe this study can help people to make rational decision-making on how to manage pain in the neck, lower back or migraine.