This article about opioid alternatives is sponsored by PIBCOA.
Thirty-percent of Americans have chronic pain. That’s over 100 million people who struggle with pain every single day. With many people struggling with opioid addiction that can destroy lives, you may be wondering what other options are out there to help you if you are struggling with pain. Here are 7 opioid alternatives to try.
You may think meditation is silly. Actually it might be your first line of defense while dealing with pain. A recent study of adults with chronic back pain showed that over 26 weeks, mindfulness treatments like meditation, resulted in observable improvements in back pain and being functional.
Not only is it important to do these even if you aren’t struggling with pain, eating right and exercising can physically help pain symptoms. Exercise is especially effective. When you exercise you release natural endorphins that can actually relieve the physical sensation of pain. And eating well can help your body heal when you are able to maintain a healthy weight. Plus this also helps aid in digestion and can also reduce your risk for heart disease at the same time.
Be Conscientious of Your Schedule
One of the most important things to remember is that if you deal with a lot of pain, you need to be mindful of your schedule. Going above and beyond might be great for your employer, but it might not be great for your pain. Take time to relax away from your phone or other devices. Stress can increase pain if you aren’t careful. Try to find healthy outlets for dealing with your stress.
Like meditation, this one may seem a little too holistic. Not only are all these methods safe, but they can even naturally release dopamine stimulating endorphins that help you move and function better. Besides, the occasional massage can leave you feeling relieved and stress-free for a few days.
This one is a no brainer. Sure, it can give you cancer. But smoking can increase pain sensations. Smoking cigarettes can even lead to slow healing, poor circulation, and increased joint damage and disease. Just stop smoking.
There are many medications out there for pain management. Using simple combinations of Ibuprofen (Advil) and Acetomeniphine (Tylenol) can drastically help your pain. Of course, it should go without saying that you should talk to your doctor. Currently, there are many people struggling with addiction to medications prescribed by their doctors. Namely, opioids. It’s been dubbed an opioid epidemic and communities are having a hard time trying to fight it. It’s best to find opioid alternatives.
Are none of the above working for you? Maybe it’s time for something different. PIBCOA, or the Pain, Injury & Brain Centers of America, might be able to help restore your health. They treat pain, diseases, and conditions that are considered to be untreatable. PIBCOA treats degenerative cells that are unable to perform normally. Their treatments actually fix electrical disruptions in your body. And with a 95% success rate of patients reporting that PIBCOA has helped them, it’s definitely worth a try.
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