Healthy Alternatives to Prescription Opioids

With a host of negative side effects and the risk of opiate addiction, many are seeking healthier alternatives to traditional prescription opiates to manage their pain.
Healthier, more natural, and holistic remedies are becoming much more popular these days and more and more positive research results are becoming available making them great potential alternatives to opiates!

Healthy Opiate Alternatives:

Exercise
It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but taking part in a physical activity such as running or lifting weights has been shown to have many positive benefits in those suffering chronic pain.

Studies have shown that low impact exercise can increase patients’ mobility and functionality while practices such as tai chi or yoga can help with chronic back pain, arthritis, and joint pain!

To be safe, consult with your doctor before taking up an exercise routine.

Mindfulness Meditation

By taking a little time out of your day to simply relax, be still, and meditate your perceived pain going down or even completely ceasing!

Over the past decade or so, lots of solid research has been done, looking into the benefits of mindfulness meditation. One of the positive outcomes of regular practice of mindfulness meditation for some has been the lessening of perceived pain by those with a chronic pain condition!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that treats problems by attempting to change dysfunctional behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. CBT has been used with great success at helping those dealing with pain get over the resultant depression or hopelessness that can come along with it.

Research has yielded many positive results indicating that CBT is a great way of helping those suffering from pain deal with the mental struggle that can sometimes go along with it. By developing better coping mechanisms, many patients may be able to avoid opiates completely!

Massage

By enjoying a nice relaxing massage once in a while, you may notice your pain symptoms lessen to an extent where you may not feel the need to seek prescription pain medication. Generally considered to be safe and free of negative side effects, massage has been found to reduce pain in those that partake regularly!

If you can afford the luxury, give massage a shot. You may just find yourself feeling a little more at ease!

Acupuncture

 

Long known to be an effective natural treatment for chronic pain, acupuncture offers many relief without the risks typical of prescription pain medications such as opiates.

A recent study found that those who received acupuncture as part of their pain management treatment noticed marked relief over those that didn’t.

Physical Therapy

Where pain medications such as opiates only work by lessening the symptoms of pain, making you better able to deal with it, Physical Therapy offers you the opportunity to potentially fix what is causing the pain, to begin with, negating the need for any further treatment!

Physical Therapy has proven to be such a successful method at managing or curing peoples’ pain that it is now being recommended by the CDC instead of prescription drugs for pain management!

Capsaicin

Capsaicin is an extract from chili peppers, and is the compound responsible for the perception of “heat” or spiciness from eating them. When applied topically in the form of a cream, capsaicin has been found to be an effective treatment for peripheral nerve pain.

By applying a capsaicin cream topically over the course of multiple days, nerve fibers will start to transmit fewer pain signals which results in relief for many!

Turmeric

Turmeric has been a trending topic over the past couple of years due to research highlighting its many benefits and potential uses. Among these benefits include a reduction in pain, acne, and inflammation when taken topically.

With little to no side effects and a whole host of positive health benefits, turmeric is a great potential alternative to traditional prescription pain medications!

In conclusion…

With most of these treatment alternatives offering real relief from pain with little to no side effects, you have plenty option available to you to potentially treat your pain without ever having to risk the harsh side effects or potential addiction associated with opiates.