If you’re here, then you’re looking for an alternative therapy to help you with your pain or medical condition. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Around half of those suffering from various ailments seek alternative treatment at some point after seeking help from their physician or specialist.
One of the reasons people seek alternative therapy is to alleviate the symptoms of their medical condition. Oftentimes, there is pain that primary conventional medicine cannot reduce without intense side effects. For example, chemotherapy drugs often cause intense nausea or sickness that can seem unbearable. Sometimes they feel conventional medicine has failed them and are just looking towards a more natural healing therapy for comfort.
It’s no secret that alternative therapy helps improve quality of life, even if it’s just reducing the stress and anxiety linked with the pain of various medical conditions. Patients feel as if they finally have control over their treatment when looking towards alternative therapies. That’s because alternative therapy focuses more on your health overall than just one specific symptom or body part and doesn’t develop an addiction or dependence as conventional pharmaceutical drugs would. Let’s take a look at six therapies to try as alternative medicine.
6. Hot Stone Therapy
You have seen hot stone therapy on television or movies, but it’s a form of massage therapy used to relax your body through the use of flat heated stones. If performed by a trained professional, patients can find a significant decrease in a variety of side effects.
The massage stones are placed on a variety of spots along your body such as your spine, chest, stomach, face, or even feet, depending on where your pain is. There are a number of benefits associated with hot stone massage. One of the main benefits of hot stone massage is a reduction in stress or anxiety. Medical conditions often come with an anxiety disorder caused by pain or side effects from medications. The hot stones activate your parasympathetic nervous system which helps calm your nerves. It will also help you get the much-needed rest that you’re most likely losing from any lack of sleep caused by pain or stress.
Getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep every night might sound like a pipedream, but if you’re able to calm your nerves enough with hot stone therapy, then the quality of sleep that you’re receiving alone should help reduce any pain, stress, or anxiety caused by a medical condition. Other benefits of hot stone therapy include a reduction in depression, dependence on pain medication due to the release of endorphins, relief of any migraines, an improvement in muscle and motion, and an improvement in circulation. It’s important before you seek hot stone therapy to speak with the trained practitioner about any health conditions you have so they can provide the proper treatment for your individual needs.
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5. Heat Therapy
You’re probably familiar with the basics of heat therapy. It’s no secret that heat helps alleviate pain. If you’ve ever used a heat patch, then it’s essentially a miniature version of heat therapy. Putting heat to a part of your body helps promote blood flow which brings oxygen to affected areas. This form of therapy greatly reduces pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, and stiffness. Your body reacts to heat as a good thing due to our psychological and environmental need for warmth. That alone can help soothe any anxiety.
Heat therapy doesn’t just help expand the blood vessels to bring nutrients and oxygen to damaged tissue, but it also slows the pain signals sent to your brain. One of the best parts of heat therapy is that it is more affordable than other types of therapy as it is done through various inexpensive means.
Heat is mostly used to relax your body, so it can be used for various sensitivity conditions such as fibromyalgia and some rheumatic diseases. The relaxation also helps those who suffer from sleep deprivation. As mentioned before, an increase in the
It’s not recommended to try heat therapy yourself. You will want to work with a trained practitioner to get the most out of heat therapy. Do not try to apply heated pads to fresh wounds or anything areas of inflammation as you’ll most likely make the issue worse. You need to seek cold therapy for any inflammation flare-ups. If you’re ever not sure when to apply heat therapy or why you would need it, then it’s important to speak with those who offer the service.
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4. Photon Light Therapy
Photon light therapy comes by various different names from low-level light therapy to simply light therapy, but it is an effective therapy that has benefits from promoting tissue repair to reducing damage caused by the sun. The light therapy gets deep into your cells to repair them at the source of its energy, the mitochondria. By boosting the functions of the mitochondria, it empowers the cell to become more efficient and even repair its own damage. For some, it may even help reduce the growth of tumors in the body.
Since our bodies are made of cells, then there are a lot of different conditions that photon light therapy can help treat. Of course, before you attempt photon light therapy, you should speak to your doctor and any alternative therapy practitioner about any medical conditions you have or any medications you are on.
Photon light therapy has been found to alleviate pain from a major autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is known for its inflammation around your joints that cause serious pain during flare-ups. If you notice any swelling, redness, loss of joint function, tenderness with your flexes, or other pain around your joints, then you may want to talk to a professional about photon light therapy. The alleviation of inflammation can also be beneficial for those suffering from other injuries such as an Achilles injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, or lesions caused by psoriasis.
Since photon light therapy activates the mitochondria in your cell, then you may even find benefits for skin care such as the reduction in cellulite or building collagen to improve skin complexion. Photon light therapy is relatively safe and has no pain, but you will want to go to a professional practitioner to seek treatment.
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3. Far Infrared Therapy
Far infrared therapy is another form of light therapy designed to help treat various ailments. There’s also no debate as to whether far infrared therapy is an effective form of treatment. Many people around the world suffer from various discomforts daily from tension in various muscle groups to arthritis flare-ups.
Far Infrared therapy has been studied extensively in Eastern countries for a number of years. These studies have shown promising benefits for the alleviation of pain, blood circulation, promoting a healthier cardiovascular system, reducing inflammation in joints, and even activating skin cells. In fact, far infrared therapy is one of the better alternatives for non-invasive therapy used to treat various ailments.
Inadequate blood circulation can cause a number of issues from numbness to throbbing or pain in the muscles or limbs. Poor circulation can lead to or be caused by conditions such as peripheral artery disease, varicose veins, or diabetes. Far infrared therapy has been found to improve the blood circulation to various parts of the body that may not receive adequate blood circulation. This has benefits for the skin as well as cardiovascular benefits as well. Improving blood flow significantly reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
Far infrared therapy is one of the safest alternative therapies you could try for many different benefits. It doesn’t just benefit the heart and skin but helps reduce pain and protect your cells against oxidative stress as well. Before attempting far infrared therapy yourself, you should speak with a medical professional about your options.
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2. Negative ION Therapy
Negative ion therapy utilizes air ionizers to treat various mental disorders like depression. Negative ions were discovered a little over a hundred years ago and there are benefits to harnessing them. Exposure to negative ions for a number of hours has been shown to reduce levels of depression in people. It has also been shown to alleviate symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.
Negation ion therapy is also being looked at for its cognitive benefits as well. Despite the name negative ions have been shown to have many benefits for the human body. That’s why you find many facilities try to emulate the air you find in places with clean and natural air, but what are negative ions?
Negative ions are molecules in the air that negatively charged electrons. They’re a big part of the reason you feel better hiking near a waterfall or going to a clean beach. Negative ions are responsible for keeping the air clean of various allergens found in the air. That’s why our bodies have a negative reaction to airborne allergens such as mold or pollen. The negative ions ground these airborne allergens and prevent our bodies from taking them in when we breathe.
Seeking negative ion therapy will help boost your serotonin levels and is relatively harmless. Of course, just like any form of alternative therapy, you should speak with a professional before attempting them on your own.
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1. PEMF Therapy
PEMF therapy is short for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy, and it helps stimulate your cells to keep help boost your body’s ability to recover from pain or injury. These are low-frequency waves that differ from harmful ones you would find with an x-ray machine. When your cells are injured, they lose their ability to move ions because they longer have a magnetic charge. When that happens, you’ll feel symptoms from pain to fatigue. The purpose of PEMF therapy is to restore the electromagnetic charges in those cells so they can continue to heal your body.
In fact, studies have shown that after surgery, PEMF can help any post-op pain. PEMF therapy can be used by anyone, but it’s mostly used by those suffering from chronic pain. Chronic pain can severely affect one’s quality of life. People often become so dependent on a drug to treat chronic pain that when their body begins to get used to the drug, they end up abusing it. This often leads to more serious health complications including death. PEMF therapy offers a relatively safe alternative to pain medications by attempting to repair any damaged cells and helping the body repair itself. In fact, PEMF therapy is so successful in treating everything from inflammation and joint damage, that it is widely used to treat muscular issues with horses.
One of the best benefits of PEMF therapy is its use in helping those with chronic pain be able to sleep. Sleep is one of the best ways to repair the body. Chronic pain often leads to trouble falling asleep. The combination of inflammation reduction and a boost in melatonin production is one of the more effective ways of naturally healing the body.
You can use any of these therapies as a complement or as a direct alternative to conventional medicine. Combined, these therapies have helped those suffering from different afflictions around the world for hundreds of years. There are no shortage of benefits to either combining these therapies with conventional medicine or replacing it altogether. However, before trying any of these on your own, you’ll want to speak with your primary care provider and a practitioner who is certified and qualified to provide these therapy options to you.
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