Some people avoid taking pain medications for a fear of addiction. Even too much pain medication in your system on a toxicology test for a job could cause you not to get work, or even to lose work. Prescription pain medications may be able to mask your pain, but what else are they doing to you.

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can have negative effects on your health over time, aside from just the chance of addiction. They can damage your stomach lining, they can damage your liver, and they can do other things to harm you. That’s why it’s important to know a few ways to fight pain without pills.

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Natural Remedies

The best natural remedies for pain relief are herbs and aromatic oils. Aromatherapy has been proven to be great for pain relief. Different scents can help with headaches, migraines, and other chronic pains.

Herbal remedies can help with pain as well, from herbal poultices that help with the pain of swelling and infections, to different teas and tinctures that can help with stomach pain and other issues.

Alternative Therapies

There are other natural and alternative therapies that can help you fight pain, without drugs. If you suffer from muscle or joint pain, chiropractic care could be your answer. Combine visits to the chiropractic with massage therapy and you may find less pain throughout your body.

Other therapies you may want to look into for pain relief include acupuncture and acupressure, both of which can do great things for chronic pain relief.

Physical Therapy

If you’ve had an injury that has caused your pain it’s likely your doctor has suggested physical therapy. Even if they haven’t, you can request it. Physical therapy can help with pain and movability. Just make sure that if your therapist gives you movements or exercises to do from home you do them, it’s for your own good.

Proper Diet

Eating the right foods can also help fight pain. Some foods can help with stomach pain, while others can actually help with whole body pain, both from the inside and the outside. Hot peppers contain capsaicin, which is a natural pain reliever. Eating them is good for you (since they are also rich in vitamins) and so is purchasing creams and rubs that contain this pain relieving mineral.

Physical Fitness

Just like your physical therapist can help you with movements and exercise, practicing fitness on your own is also helpful in pain relief. For one thing, a good vigorous routine can help release endorphins, which make you feel good, and pain free. You can also take up something like yoga, which helps improve strength and flexibility, and helps fight pain. Just take it easy and start slow.