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Posted on 01-10-2016

It's an often easy and all-too-common solution that is seen in the offices of health practitioners around the country. Feel bad about something? Take this pill. It's giving you side effects? Here, try this one instead. Or better yet, pile on a few more medications to counteract the side effects of the first one.

In 2010, enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every 4 hours for 1 month. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 15,000 people die every year from prescription pain overdoses. Our dependency on fixing problems with prescription pain medications is staggering. It's so out of control that the American Medical Association has actually called for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertisement of prescription drugs and medical devices.

Prescription pain medication doesn't have to be your first choice though. Don't become a part of the prescription pain killer epidemic -- consider these 4 ways that you can alleviate pain in an alternative way. Not only will they likely help alleviate your pain, but they can help fix whatever the problem was that was causing you pain in the first place.

Meditation, not Medication

The art of mindfulness and peaceful resting can come in many forms -- you can attend meditation classes or can simply practice in your own home. Meditation has been used to successfully treat fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and back pain. Additionally, those who have found that anxiety is a huge source of their chronic pain can rest easy knowing that meditation is a tremendously effective method of managing anxiety, as shown in this three-year study.

Get Cracking

Many people are adding chiropractors to their list of regular health practitioners that they see -- the American Chiropractic Association estimate that chiropractors treat more than 30 million people annually, for a range of issues. Chiropractic care can treat a number of issues, including sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, back pain, and pelvic pain.

Rub the Pain Away

Massage isn't just another activity to add to your next spa vacation -- massage can be used to effectively treat everything from fibromyalgia to chronic pain and hyperalgesia. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has firmly taken the position that massage can aid in pain relief, offering some additional statements on how pain affects average Americans - and what they can do about it.

Talk it Out

Research has shown that our stress levels can actually contribute to our physical pain -- if you have any kind of chronic pain, it may be worthwhile to invest in some serious talk therapy. A counselor or therapist can help you look at your stress or anxiety -- much of which might be entirely related to your pain -- and work out ways to relax from an internal perspective

Need more information? We encourage you to contact us for further ideas on how to best manage your pain without entering the world of prescription medication.

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