Thus, it is best to take your doctor’s guidance on medicine. OTC medicines can be helpful but there are possibilities of side effects.
Pain management with the help of home remedies
Apart from using medicines, there are several other ways to manage pain and inflammation. Below are the suggestions that you can try to relieve pain.
Cold or heat therapy
Depending on the type of pain, you may use hot or cold compress to relieve pain without using any medicine.
Use either a cold pack or warm water compress on your swelling or on the area of inflammation. Cold or hot pack suppresses pain and provides relief.
Cold therapy numbs the area and reduces tenderness, while warm compress promotes circulation while also easing sore or tight muscles.
Avoid cold therapy if there is a risk of cramping and steer clear of hot compress if the area is already red or hot to the touch. Do not use either forms of therapy if there is an open wound.
Simple stretches, walking, or aerobic exercises may help reduce pain and lift your mood. However, while working out, you must do it slowly to prevent overstretching or overdoing.
Before using physical therapy, you must ask your doctor to suggest pain-managing workouts. This helps to prevent inflammation from getting worse and provides faster relief.
Massage as a pain management method
Massage is beneficial for soft tissue injuries and relieves pain in the best way possible. However, avoid massage for joint pain. Although certain doctors suggest massage to relieve pain, it is not recommended for long-term therapy.
It is best that you ask your doctor about massage for pain management. Know its pros and cons before using massage to relieve pain.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a form of therapy that can help you learn how to think and feel about pain. Also, this therapy helps you to learn ways to behave while in pain. This therapy is one of the most effective strategies where you learn self-management in chronic pain.
Get complete information about cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) from your doctor before using it as pain relief.
Acupuncture is one of the traditional Chinese medicines to relieve pain. Acupuncture involves inserting needles into specific areas of the skin, commonly known as ‘specific points’.
This traditional Chinese technique aims to restore balance in the body and motivates endorphins, natural pain-relieving compounds in the body, to heal the pain.
Acupuncture is one of the most commonly recommended pain management methods to relieve pain.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy
In this therapy, minute electrical currents pass through your skin via electrodes, promoting a pain-relieving response in the body.