Alternative Chronic Pain Treatments
Chris Regal | Oct 18th 2012 Oct 10th 2017
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Which of the following is an effective home remedy for plantar fasciitis?
Some shoe insoles available now are so supportive that they are almost like having a custom-made orthotic. Wear your supportive footwear all the time in order to give your feet the best chance to feel better. For more information, see [5 Home Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/240381/155985/5-fasciitis).
Marijuana withdrawal is characterized by…
The symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include irritability, anger, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, decreased appetite or weight loss, restlessness, depressed mood, shakiness, stomach cramps, headaches, chills and sweating. For more information, see [Infrequently Asked Questions About Marijuana Use](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/240381/155842/questions).
What percentage of people experience relief of back pain after massage?
A recent study investigated the effect of massage therapy on chronic pain back. Participants were treated once a week for 10 weeks. More than one-third of the massage patients reported that their back pain had diminished or was completely gone. For more information, see [Massage May Help Chronic Low Back Pain](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/141115/massage-back).
Pet therapy has proven effective in….
Pet therapy is being use in many different settings: nursing homes, hospitals, and clinic offices. Pets have an uncanny sense of pain and suffering. And they know when someone needs a hug. For more information, see [Pets Elevate Happiness of Chronic Pain Patients](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/23153/60318/dog-therapist).
All of the following supplements have been found effective in boosting energy in fibromyalgia patients except…
Calcium has its benefits, though helping help fibromyalgia-fatigue is not one of them. Many people with fibromyalgia have a relatively low B12 level and supplements can help boost energy. Acetyl-L-Carnitine can help reduce fatigue and ginko biloba increases the body's production of ATP, which raises the brain's energy metabolism of glucone, resulting in more energy. For more information, see [8 Energy-Boosting Supplements for Fighting Fibromyalgia Fatigue](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/142919/fibromyalgia).
True or False: Yelling curses is an effective pain treatment mechanism.
The 2010 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to three scientists in the UK “for confirming the widely held belief that swearing relieves pain.” They found that swearing increased pain tolerance, increased heart rate and decreased perceived pain, compared with not swearing, for everyone except males who had a tendency to catastrophize. ( For more information, see [Increasing Pain Tolerance By Yelling Curse Words](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/130414/relieves-pain).
What is watsu?
Watsu is a unique form of body work, unlike any other type of physical therapy or massage therapy you have ever experienced. It has been described as Shiatsu massage performed in warm water. In fact, that's where the name came from – “Water Shiatsu” became Watsu. For more information, see [Watsu: A Unique Water Therapy for Chronic Pain](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/133027/watsu-therapy).
Which of the following is NOT helped with music therapy?
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Granada in Spain has shown that music therapy, combined with other relaxation techniques based on guided imagery, significantly reduces pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia – thus enhancing patients' quality of life. For more information, see Music [Therapy Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain and Depression](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/139085/fibromyalgia).
True or False: Acupuncture is universally accepted as treatment for chronic pain.
The use of [acupuncture is still somewhat controversial](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/alternative-pain-relief-255116-5.html) in Western medical circles, as some studies have upheld its pain relieving abilities, while others suggest a placebo effect. A 2010 study found that [acupuncture may help opioid medications work better](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/106444/acupuncture), while a 2009 study stated that [acupuncture does little for pain relief](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/news-282766-98.html). One study, [published in _Arthritis Care and Research_](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/news-533013-98.html), found that both real, traditional acupuncture and "fake" acupuncture with no traditional basis were effective in treating pain relief.
True or False: In addition to physical benefits, yoga has been seen to have psychological benefits as well.
A new study published last recently in the _Journal of Pain Research_ found that practicing yoga can reduce chronic pain symptoms in women with fibromyalgia. Participants’ saliva revealed elevated levels of cortisol following the yoga program. The participants reported significant reductions in pain and associated symptoms, as well as psychological benefits. For more information, see [Yoga Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain](http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/142260/fibromyalgia).