|The Car Accident That changed my Life|
2. Time spent in a bath or hot tub. Two years ago, I seriously use to mock people who spent a lot of time in the bath. Now I have joined them. I take one almost every day to ease the aches and pains and my mother-in-law does too. It loosens up your joints and soothes tired muscles. I prefer my bathes with a little bit of Lavender in them for relaxation purposes. Some insurance companies will even cover part of the cost of a hot tub if you have been diagnosed with chronic pain.
4. Chiropractic Care- Also something I was a skeptic of before my car accident, a good chiropractor was able to help me minimize my headaches. I was surprised at how well it helped the rest of my body to have my back treated.
5. Hot and Cold. Try both to figure out what works for you. Heat from a hot water bottle or heating bad is fabulous for relieving sore muscles, but cold actually helps deaden pain sensation by numbing the area. A lot of people only try one and not the other. Try both and figure what helps your specific pain.
6. Massage Therapy. I can understand the resistance to massage therapy, before my car accident, I had never had a massage. It seemed too personal to have someone touching my body, but right after my accident a wonderful friend bought me a gift certificate. I went, pretty skeptical that I would enjoy and I found that it is hands down the best pain management without medication that is available. I have tried quite a few massage therapists since my accident, but I have found my favorite experience/pain relief has come from my experience with massages. Most spas offers many different types of massages including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports Injury, Hot Stone, Ashiatsu, Cranial Sacral and Pregnancy. They also offer facials, body wraps and the Vichy Shower.
Over the last two years, using these techniques, I have been able to ween myself of all forms of pain medications. I hope to some day soon try other techniques such as acupuncture, but by far, these have been the answer to my prayers.