Until recently, the usage of traditional pharmaceutical pain medications including opioids was considered the first line of defense for chronic pain management. However, due to the highly additive nature and serious health complications of these powerful medications, safer alternatives are becoming more popular and widely used.

Here are some safe pain relief alternatives to help you manage chronic pain.

Soil to Oil.
Improved access and availability has created a recent surge in the popularity of hemp extract oil. But, this natural wonder has been effectively treating chronic pain for many years. In addition, the publication of several significant clinical studies has suggested hemp extract is one of the most promising treatments for natural pain control and gaining credibility within the medical community.

Get Quills, Not Pills.
Acupuncture has been used for over 3,500 years to treat chronic pain. This pain-free treatment uses small sterile needles to release your own inner endorphins. Endorphins are the natural pain relievers produced by your body. They work by binding to the receptors in your brain to block the perception of pain, similar to pain medications. The increased production of these natural hormones can substantially help reduce your chronic pain.

Red Light, Stop.
Red light therapy uses light energy to ease pain and reduce inflammation while accelerating your body’s own healing process. This therapy emits warm and soothing light energy proven to temporarily relieve arthritic pain, muscle and joint pain and stiffness.

Not Just for Hippies Anymore.
Essential oils have long been valued for their analgesic (pain-relieving) effects in many cultures. There are many ways to benefit from essential oils—some people inhale them (aromatherapy), others include several drops in their massage oil and enjoy as part of a therapeutic massage. Several oils are thought to have a significant analgesic effect, including peppermint oil, rosemary, and lavender.

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