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Complementary Care for Pain

You may find pain relief with complementary care. Look for a licensed or certified professional. And always tell your healthcare professional that you are using complementary care.

Chiropractor working on neck, shoulder area of man lying on table.

Massage

Massage can increase circulation and relaxation. This can help relieve stress and pain.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback uses instruments to measure the body's physiological activity, like heart rate and muscle activity. This information is used to help you learn to control certain functions, such as relaxing muscles and helping reduce pain. 

Chiropractic

Chiropractic adjusts the spine and joints. It may help reduce back, neck, or joint pain. Chiropractic may also use mild electrical stimulation, massage, heat, or ultrasound (sound waves).

Acupuncture

Acupuncture uses thin needles to help treat pain. The treatment may release the body’s own painkillers.

Distraction

Distraction helps you focus on something besides pain. Try reading a book, watching a movie, or talking with family. Or visit a local attraction.

Meditation

Meditation helps you focus on words, objects, or ideas. Doing this can calm you and decrease stress.

Relaxation

Relaxation includes methods like listening to soothing music or relaxation tapes. You might try slow, deep breathing. Imagine a calm scene, like an ocean or mountain, as you breathe.

VA YouTube Yoga Videos for Veterans

Join a yoga class for Veterans right from your living room. Led by a physical therapist, this 60 minute class is broken up into 5 smaller videos. Learn how to do yoga poses, step-by-step. It’s done slowly so anyone can follow along. The poses are also taught in a seated position if it’s hard for you to get down on the floor.

These videos are located on the VA’s very own YouTube channel. Take your first yoga class today.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 12/1/2020
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