Alternative Medicine and Therapy for Pain


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To control chronic pain, our members use alternative therapies and medicine in addition to his or her medical treatments.

Discover the results of our survey on this subject and share your own recommendations and tips!

Meditation Alternative Therapy for Chronic Pain

45% of respondents use meditation

Meditation allows one to better observe their pain and combat it more effectively. Recognised as an effective way to fight against anxiety and depression, meditation also helps to control pain. Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Christian Hoenner and Phanie Ridel advocate focusing on a part of the body that does not hurt to understand the functioning of the area, and then to compare it with a painful area. They also suggest counting the phases of pain flares and then counting backwards when the pain subsides. This slows down the frequency and intensity of the pain, after repeated efforts of concentration.

37% of respondents use pet therapy

Pet therapy (aka Animal-Assisted Therapy) is another alternative therapy used in the health sector. Without replacing the medications, it is practiced in small groups of up to three people under the responsibility of a professional, in the presence of those coping with health problems The principle is to awaken, through the presence of animals educated in this sense, reactions that maintain or improve the cognitive, physical, psychosocial or emotional potential of those coping with health problems. This practice helps to increase self-esteem, calm psychological and emotional distress, reduce stress, and overcome negative emotions.

11% of respondents use art therapy

If, according to the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, "art will save the world", it seems to be the same for some of our members! For 11% of our respondents, art therapy is the means chosen to fight against chronic pain. The principle is simple: use the creativity of patients for therapeutic purposes, without aesthetic judgment. Mainly used in psychotherapy, for mental illnesses or behavioral disorders, art therapy allows one to express himself or herself in ways other than words and to let his or her emotions rise to the surface. Painting and drawing are the main methods of art therapy; however, theater and dance also work.

4% of respondents favor acupuncture

According to the definition given by UNESCO, "traditional acupuncture forms a therapeutic art that elaborates its diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning on a Taoist energy vision of Man and the Universe". Without going into the details of Taoism, patients can benefit from this practice based on the control of energies. There are other related methods to the traditional accupunture: needles acting on meridians and corresponding organs, such as moxa (heat stimulation), cupping, massage, and advice on healthy living and diet. This treatment is particularly found beneficial for locomotor problems, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and migraines.

2% of respondents attend hypnosis sessions

Therapeutic hypnosis is the attainment of a state of modified consciousness where we perceive things differently, in the same way as when we escape by watching a film or when we feel "in the clouds". The pain can be reduced during a hypnosis session by stimulating scarce resources of the brain and by activating its powers of self-healing. Those undergoing hypnosis also manage to distance the cause of his or her suffering, especially when it is psychological, to be better apt at being able to solve it.

1% of respondents prefer sophrology

Designed to harmonise the body and mind, sophrology is a synthesis of oriental techniques (dynamic yoga, Buddhist meditation, and Zen ...) and Western relaxation (Schultz autogenous training, Vittoz method, Jacobson's progressive relaxation...). Existing in a state between awakening and sleep, one will be able to mobilise unsuspected resources. Respiratory, mental and relaxation exercises will help one to feel the body in a positive way and better manage his or her pain.


And how about yourself? What alternative therapies have you tried? Which do you recommend?

Are you looking to try any of these above-mentioned therapies?


Survey conducted on the Carenity site from October 12 to 18, 2018.


Beginning of the discussion - 15/10/2019

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Good advisor

My brother used this quackery for years going to a Chiropractor who treated his back pain. By the time in agony got to a decent GP he spent the last two years of his life fighting a treatable cancer. If he had gone to the NHS he would be almost certain to have lived instead dying appallingly from the cancer. So a warning don't waste your time and money with quackery and stick to the NHS for diagnoses. I fought cancer at the same time, a different type which normally kills, I caught it early and survived.

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Thanks @robjmckinney‍ for your this comment and I'm really sorry to hear about your brother.

You make an excellent point: while alternative therapies can be a complement to mainstream medical treatments, you should always seek advice from an accredited medical professional before taking up any sort of treatment.

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Regret I also don't believe in alternative therapy and medicine for serious illnesses.

I have had epilepsy for 46 years now; there was no cure when I was diagnosed, and there still is no cure! Whether one tries meditation, hypnosis or other therapies as mentioned above, they can perhaps only alleviate the symptoms but not cure it!

I have also just had cerebral aneurysm surgery which was diagnosed through medical professionals of NHS; none of the above would have detected or assisted it. 

I am so grateful to all our professionals in the medical field; thank you! 

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