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NonDrug Pain Management Ideas: Recap

Have you been following this blog since inception? If so, you know that there are a good number (30...yes, 30!) nondrug interventions that can be employed to enhance management of chronic pain.  Here is a quick recap.  You can click the links to re-read the posts if you like.
  1. Orthopedic pillows
  2. Meditation
  3. Music Therapy
  4. Tai Chi
  5. A Child's Perspective-The Pain Game
  6. Hypnosis
  7. Support Groups
  8. Physical Therapy
  9. Pace Yourself
  10. Living Within Your Limitations
  11. Yoga
  12. Magnetic Therapy
  13. Attitude is Everything!
  14. Identify Your Triggers
  15. Hold the Morphine!
  16. Chiropractic Medicine
  17. Reiki
  18. Nutrition
  19. Good Sleep Habits
  20. TENS Units
  21. Accupressure and Accupuncture
  22. Self Massage
  23. Heat Therapy
  24. Cold Applications 
  25. Purposeful Activity 
  26. Exercise
  27. Distraction Techniques
  28. Guided Imagery
  29. Humor
  30. Painting Pain as a Therapeutic Outlet

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