Alternative Pain Relief – What is it?

As a physical therapist turned alternative pain relief specialist, I admire anyone who has devoted their life to helping others eliminate chronic pain from their lives; people like Georgie Oldfield, David Hanscom, John Sarno, and Bruce Lipton.

What we all have in common is this: We believe that being in pain is NOT a normal part of the human condition, and that traditional medicine focuses far too much on symptoms over causes.

Beyond these two ideas, we also believe that there are alternatives to traditional medicine that can lead to chronic pain relief, without surgery and drugs – the very definition of what has come to be called “alternative medicine”.

Alternative Treatments for Pain Relief

Whether it’s because medications are ineffective or too expensive, or because they don’t want to be dependent on drugs, a growing number of people are turning to complementary and alternative medicine for pain management. Pain is a common complaint among people who seek out such alternative treatments. (

If you have chronic pain and are looking for alternatives to medication and surgery, you have a lot of options. Alternative pain treatments that doctors once scoffed at are now standard at many pain centers. (

The variety of possible alternatives for pain relief are nearly as varied as the variety of human beings, with each of us bringing our own beliefs, feelings, symptoms, and causes to the world of pain in which we might live. Here we present a list of some common and cutting-edge alternative pain relief protocols:

  • Physical Manipulation, such as visceral mobilization or chiropractic adjustments
  • Craniosacral and Somatoemotional Release
  • Physical Therapy
  • Emotional Therapy
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Supplements and Vitamins
  • Stress-reduction techniques
  • Biotherapy/Aromatherapy/Hypnotherapy
  • Acupuncture/Massage
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Marijuana (where legal for pain treatment)

Whatever you may have initially believed about these alternative pain relief protocols, you must realize that many people from many walks of life have found relief from chronic pain through the use of one or more of them. These are people who lived in pain all day every day but who have now found relief from that pain.

Perform your due diligence

Not all pain is due to injury. Your pain may be due to lifestyle choices or it may be work related. It may be a result of genetics. It may be emotional, as so much physical pain tends to be. Due diligence on your part will enable you to find a practitioner who understands your individual situation and can present a different path to relief.

The key to relief of chronic pain is finding the cause and offering alternatives, rather than merely treating symptoms. This is exactly what we in the field practice when we offer alternative pain relief.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *