Alternative Medicine And Therapies For Pain

Published Oct 19, 2018 • By Louise Bollecker

Alternative Medicine And Therapies For Pain

To control chronic pain, our members use alternative therapies and medicine in addition to his or her medical treatments.

Discover the results of our survey on this subject and share your own recommendations and tips!

Meditation Alternative Therapy for Chronic Pain

45% of respondents use meditation

Meditation allows one to better observe their pain and combat it more effectively. Recognized as an effective way to fight against anxiety and depression, meditation also helps to control pain. Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Christian Hoenner and Phanie Ridel advocate focusing on a part of the body that does not hurt to understand the functioning of the area, and then to compare it with a painful area. They also suggest counting the phases of pain flares and then counting backwards when the pain subsides. This slows down the frequency and intensity of the pain, after repeated efforts of concentration.

37% of respondents use pet therapy

Pet therapy (aka Animal-Assisted Therapy) is another alternative therapy used in the health sector. Without replacing the medications, it is practiced in small groups of up to three people under the responsibility of a professional, in the presence of those coping with health problems The principle is to awaken, through the presence of animals educated in this sense, reactions that maintain or improve the cognitive, physical, psychosocial or emotional potential of those coping with health problems. This practice helps to increase self-esteem, calm psychological and emotional distress, reduce stress, and overcome negative emotions.

11% of respondents use art therapy

If, according to the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, "art will save the world", it seems to be the same for some of our members! For 11% of our respondents, art therapy is the means chosen to fight against chronic pain. The principle is simple: use the creativity of patients for therapeutic purposes, without aesthetic judgment. Mainly used in psychotherapy, for mental illnesses or behavioral disorders, art therapy allows one to express himself or herself in ways other than words and to let his or her emotions rise to the surface. Painting and drawing are the main methods of art therapy; however, theater and dance also work.

4% of respondents favor acupuncture

According to the definition given by UNESCO, "traditional acupuncture forms a therapeutic art that elaborates its diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning on a Taoist energy vision of Man and the Universe". Without going into the details of Taoism, patients can benefit from this practice based on the control of energies. There are other related methods to the traditional accupunture: needles acting on meridians and corresponding organs, such as moxa (heat stimulation), cupping, massage, and advice on healthy living and diet. This treatment is particularly found beneficial for locomotor problems, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and migraines.

2% of respondents attend hypnosis sessions

Therapeutic hypnosis is the attainment of a state of modified consciousness where we perceive things differently, in the same way as when we escape by watching a film or when we feel "in the clouds". The pain can be reduced during a hypnosis session by stimulating scarce resources of the brain and by activating its powers of self-healing. Those undergoing hypnosis also manage to distance the cause of his or her suffering, especially when it is psychological, to be better apt at being able to solve it.

1% of respondents prefer sophrology

Designed to harmonize the body and mind, sophrology is a synthesis of oriental techniques (dynamic yoga, Buddhist meditation, and Zen ...) and Western relaxation (Schultz autogenous training, Vittoz method, Jacobson's progressive relaxation ... ). Existing in a state between awakening and sleep, one will be able to mobilize unsuspected resources. Respiratory, mental and relaxation exercises will help one to feel the body in a positive way and better manage his or her pain.


And how about yourself? What alternative therapies have you tried? Which do you recommend?

Are you looking to try any of these above-mentioned therapies?


Survey conducted on the Carenity site from October 12 to 18, 2018.


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Author: Louise Bollecker, Community Manager France

Community Manager of Carenity in France, Louise is also editor-in-chief of the Health Magazine to provide articles, videos and testimonials that focus on patients' experiences and making their voices heard. With a... >> Learn more


on 10/15/19

In order to alleviate my chronic pain due to traumatic arthritis and nerve damage in my right hip for the past 15 years I've tried physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine modalities, naprapathy, chiropathic manipulation, hydrotherapy, Chinese herbal medicines, CBD, acupressure, acupuncture, and body harnesses to support/immobilize my hip, Some of them have worked for a short time but others didn't work at all. The only thing I've found that works to alleviate the pain completely for at least 6-8 hours is a substance that some people smoke (but I can't - I have emphysema), so I add it when I bake brownies or drink tea. As I don't drive the other effects it has don't concern me at all. So far I've had to purchase it illegally from a relative who lives in a state where it's legal but, as of January 2020 it will be legal in my state. 

on 4/8/20

I haven’t tried it since I’ve been diagnosed with chronic pain, but  several years ago after a car accident that had caused some lasting problems in my neck and back I had acupuncture therapy. The doctor who did mine was the chiropractor I was seeing, I was definitely a skeptic until after the first session was done. I felt a very noticeable change from the time I walked in the office to the time I was walking out.

on 10/20/20

I don't really suffer from Chronic pain. Although I do have issues from crushing my right foot when I was 17. Most of the time my issues are more mental instead of physical

on 10/20/20

@Herrmann hi can you tell me what oxy garber is . I have MS & I was wondering if that would help me. I also have had 3 back surgerys . I am on several meds for my MS .  But if this would help maybe I could get off a few of them Thanks Mary   mpuop02 @ aol.com

on 10/20/20

@Meerkat8317    Hi my name is Mary, I suffer from MS & have had 3 surgeries on my back, my mother also suffered with MS & found acupuncture helped her quite a bit ,  I would like to try it for my back & legs . 

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