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What are non-drug options for easing pain due to an illness?

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There are a number of non-drug tools for coping with pain. They can be used on their own or in combination with drug therapies. They include:

  • Massage
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Acupuncture
  • Physical therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Gel packs

From: Managing Pain: Beyond Drugs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Sean Morrison, MD, director, National Palliative Care Research Center, New York, N.Y.

Leisa Rebold, MSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Washington, D.C.

Post-White, J. , 2003. Integrative Cancer Therapies

Filshie, J. Acupuncture Medicine, 1990.

Johnstone, P.A. Palliative Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Sean Morrison, MD, director, National Palliative Care Research Center, New York, N.Y.

Leisa Rebold, MSW, social worker, Capital Caring, Washington, D.C.

Post-White, J. , 2003. Integrative Cancer Therapies

Filshie, J. Acupuncture Medicine, 1990.

Johnstone, P.A. Palliative Medicine, 2002.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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