4 Relatively Inexpensive Pain Relief Methods for College Budgets

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  • Chronic pain is, well, a pain.

    Living with chronic pain can take a toll on those who suffer from it.

    It can be frustrating to wake up every day in pain.

    While there are expensive surgical remedies that can relieve pain, not everyone wants to go through that. Aside from being expensive, surgery is risky. There can be unforeseen side effects that result. But surgery is not the only option.

    There are a series of nonsurgical pain relief methods that can ease the pain.

    Decompression Table

    Decompression table therapy is a non-invasive form of pain relief. The main goal of this therapy is to gently stretch the spine.

    Patients are strapped to the table with 2 harnesses. These harnesses then slowly pull the spine in opposite directions. This creates a vacuum of pressure in the spine.

    It stretches the spine without being painful. This position helps relieve stress from the spinal discs and nerves in the spine. Additionally, it allows for oxygen and water to flow better through the body. A consistent flow of nutrients promotes healing.

    Spinal decompression therapy is much cheaper than surgery. And it requires little to no recovery time between sessions. This makes it not only more cost-effective, but time effective as well.

    Decompression table therapy is recommended for people who suffer from sciatica, spinal stenosis, or any issues relating to the spinal discs.

    Electrotherapy

    Electrotherapy is a form of therapy that uses electrical currents to relieve pain. The most common form of this therapy is called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

    Nodes are placed on the area where the pain is and hooked up to electrical transmitters. Low-voltage electrical currents are sent through the transmitters and to the area of pain.

    These currents stimulate the nerves and send signals to the brain. This inhibits the brain from sending normal pain signals. While some people don’t feel any relief, others have reported positive results.

    Electrotherapy can also be done at home. There are small handled TENS units that are easy to operate and can be done anywhere. It is possible to overdo electrotherapy, so consulting a physician or physical therapist for specific treatment routines is recommended.

    Massage Therapy

    Massage as a form of pain relief has existed for thousands of years. There are more than 80 styles of massage that vary in pressure, movement, and techniques.

    There is a type of massage for any type of pain and discomfort. And each of these massages can be further customized to your specific needs.

    For pain related to specific injuries, Swedish massage is often recommended. This style focuses on relieving muscle tension through kneading strokes and movement of the joints.

    Often during and after an injury, the surrounding muscles have to take on extra work to make up for the areas that are weakened. By targeting these muscles, much of the pain can be relieved.

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    Another popular style is deep tissue massage. This massage targets layers of the muscles and tissues that are deep below the skin. This type of therapy relieves chronic tension and muscles.

    Acupuncture

    Another ancient form of pain relief is acupuncture. Acupuncturists believe there are 14 energy pathways. Thin sterile needles are placed on trigger points that sit along these pathways. By stimulating points along these pathways, the body’s energy, called “chi”, can flow throughout the body.

    Not to worry, acupuncture is virtually painless. The needles range from .12 mm to .35 mm. For reference, the typical flu shot needle is .5 mm. While some skeptics say the relief provided is a placebo effect, many people say acupuncture therapy has relieved their chronic pain.

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