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Other treatments

You may want to try other ways to help you relax and ease pain. These may include:

  • Acupuncture. Very thin needles are put into the skin at certain places on your body to relieve pain.
  • Biofeedback. You may use this to help control muscle tension, heart rate, and other reactions to pain.
  • Heat or cold. These can help arthritis. You also can use heat or cold for sore muscles and other aches.
  • Hypnosis. This may help you focus your mind on something other than your pain.
  • Massage. This can reduce muscle tension.
  • Meditation. This may help you focus your mind on something other than your pain. It also can reduce stress.
  • Physical therapy. This treatment can improve how you move and your overall fitness.
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS). A mild electrical current is used to relieve pain.
  • actionset.gif Yoga. This may increase your strength and how well you move. It also can reduce stress.

For more information, see the topic Complementary Medicine.

Complementary Medicine: Should I Use Complementary Medicine?

Reducing stress

Stress can make pain worse. It can tighten your muscles, which can cause headaches and pain in your neck, shoulders, and back.

Try these methods to reduce stress and pain:

For more information, see the topic Stress Management.

Changing how you think

How you think can affect how you feel. You may be able to reduce your pain by stopping negative thoughts. You can change what you say to yourself about your pain. To help your outlook, try the methods described in these topics:

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actionset.gif Anxiety: Stop Negative Thoughts
actionset.gif Depression: Stop Negative Thoughts

For more information, see the topic Stop Negative Thoughts: Choosing a Healthier Way of Thinking.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: March 24, 2014
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