Non Drug Treatment Alternatives

Patients seeking natural pain management can choose from a wide variety of possible treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, folk medicine, massage, body work, Reiki, homeopathy, naturopathy, prayer, magnets, and more.

Some behavioral methods, such as biofeedback, relaxation training, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, have demonstrated their effectiveness in over 25 years of rigorous research and well over 100 experimental studies in these combined areas. Others, such as aerobic exercise, sleep regulation, dietary regulation, and smoking cessation, make sound physiological sense and are supported by clinical experience. All of these behavioral approaches share the advantages of minimal if any negative side effects and negligible cost once the techniques are learned and practiced regularly

The above section on Non Drug Alternatives was reprinted with permission from Dr Joel Saper, Headache Neurologist, Michigan Headaches & Neurological Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Click here to read about their commonality, testing. 

*Please note that a patient's feelings toward an alternative should be acknowledged by a physician.

The opioids (narcotics) cause progression of the illness (Chronic Daily Headache), not termination, and will actually make the individual much worse over time. It is easier and quicker to give the patient a pain killer than to "get into the trench" and try solve the problem. Patients with chronic daily headache require time, diligence, and frequent access from their physician.

Interview: Dr. Joel Saper, MHNI
-from the book Chronic Daily Headache

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