Salonpas shares some favorite low-tech methods to control and reduce your pain that don’t require an invasive procedure — or even taking a pill:
1. Cold and heat. A simple hot and cold pack can do the trick. You can also try icing the area that is in pain and then applying a Salonpas HOT patch for long-lasting heat relief which can penetrate deeper into the muscle and tissue.
2. Exercise. Low impact exercises including stationary or recumbent bicycles, elliptical trainers, walking or water exercise help keep joint stress low while you move.
3. Physical therapy. Physical therapists can guide you through a series of exercises designed to preserve or improve your strength and mobility.
4. Mind-body techniques. These techniques, which include meditation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises can help lower blood pressure, while installing a sense of calm which can help alleviate chronic muscle tension and pain.
5. Yoga and tai chi. These exercise practices incorporate breath control, meditation, and gentle movements to stretch and strengthen muscles. Many studies have shown that they can help people manage pain caused by a host of conditions, from headaches to arthritis to lingering injuries.
6. Music therapy. Getting lost in a favorite song or symphony distracts your mind from experiencing discomfort. Whether it is rock, jazz, rap, classical or the blues, listening to music is transporting.
7. Therapeutic massage. Massage eases pain by working tension out of muscles and joints, relieving stress and anxiety.