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Complementary Care for Pain

You may find pain relief with complementary care. Look for a licensed or certified professional. And always tell your healthcare professional that you are using complementary care.


Massage can increase circulation and relaxation. This can help relieve stress and pain.

Chiropractor massaging man's back.


Biofeedback uses instruments to measure the body's physiological activity, like heart rate and muscle activity. This information is used to help you learn to control certain functions, such as relaxing muscles and helping reduce pain. 


Chiropractic adjusts the spine and joints. It may help reduce back, neck, or joint pain. Chiropractic may also use mild electrical stimulation, massage, heat, or ultrasound (sound waves).


Acupuncture uses thin needles to help treat pain. The treatment may release the body’s own painkillers.


Distraction helps you focus on something besides pain. Try reading a book, watching a movie, or talking with family. Or visit a local attraction.


Meditation helps you focus on words, objects, or ideas. Doing this can calm you and decrease stress.


Relaxation includes methods like listening to soothing music or relaxation tapes. You might try slow, deep breathing. Imagine a calm scene, like an ocean or mountain, as you breathe.

Online Medical Reviewer: Jimmy Moe MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Turley Jr PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: Tara Novick BSN MSN
Date Last Reviewed: 10/1/2021
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