Whether you are suffering from stress, chronic pain, or something else, there are mind/body treatments that can help you. These treatments don’t use any drugs. Instead, they help you use your body and your mind to heal yourself.

Some people don’t believe in the power of things like yoga and positive thinking, but those that have tried them and found success are true believers. Here are a few different, somewhat common, alternative therapies and what they might be able to do for you.

Art/Music Therapy

Art and music therapy, although different, use the same concept when it comes to healing. They both use a creative form of expression that helps people get their emotions out. These two therapies are becoming more and more popular and can even be found in addiction treatment centers and schools for autistic children.

Learning to artistically express your feelings can do a lot for you, including letting out some of those inner demons. Try them for depression, anxiety, and even pain relief. Paint a picture, or listen to some calming music, and see the difference it makes in your mood, and thought processes.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy is a great relaxation tool, but with so many different forms of massage, it can do far more for you than just relax you. Deep tissue massage can help people with pain, and really any massage can help with chronic pain.

For sports-minded individuals, sports massage helps you heal faster from strains and can keep you going. It helps keep your circulation in check.

Yoga

Yoga is an excellent tool for calming the mind and body. You will begin to be more flexible, and you’ll strengthen your body and learn to be more focused. Yoga is great for treating anxiety and for helping you get more in shape.

Guided Meditation

Meditation is used in rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol abuse, it’s used for cancer patients, and it can even help reduce your blood pressure. You can easily find some amazing guided meditation videos online. They can help insomniacs get to sleep, and even help give you the motivation you need to get through a rough day.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is being used to treat anything from allergies to migraine headaches. This treatment uses needle-like fine filaments, almost the thickness of a human hair, to align the meridians in the body, removing pain and other ailments. Some insurances even cover this form of treatment now.

If medications just don’t work for you, or you really want to be taking less of them, start considering some alternative therapies that can allow your mind to help your body. Make sure you talk to your doctor before stopping any prescription medications.