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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Used in Pain Management

In traditional medicine, complementary and alternative medicine methods can be applied when these methods are insufficient or when these methods are not needed.

Although these methods are perceived as unscientific methods, this is not actually the case. In fact, complementary and alternative medicine methods are scientific methods with proven curative effects.

So, what are the complementary and alternative medicine methods and which diseases are they used in the treatment?


What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

Complementary and alternative medicine methods are treatment methods developed as an adjunct to traditional medicine methods and determined by doctors according to the condition of the patients and the disease.

It can be used directly for the treatment of the disease, as well as to improve the quality of life of patients. The most commonly used methods in complementary and alternative medicine are as follows:

  • Therapeutic (medical) massage,
  • Azone therapy,
  • Manual therapy,
  • Acupuncture,
  • Personalized physical activity and exercise,
  • Meditation and yoga,
  • Healthy eating and diet.

These methods have been used among complementary and alternative medicine methods for many years. Let's look at the details of medical massage, ozone therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture treatments together...

Therapeutic Massage (Medical Massage)

Therapeutic massage is based on mechanical stimulation of soft tissues. The body has a natural self-renewal and healing mechanism. Medical massage also enables this mechanism to be activated.

Medical massage also accelerates circulation and provides relaxation. It has a serious therapeutic effect on both the cardiovascular system and the nervous system. It helps to secrete hormones called endorphins that help relieve pain in the body.

The areas where medical massage therapy can be used can be listed as follows:

  • Myofascial pains, along with muscle pains such as neck, back, waist and headaches, which are especially common in people who work at a desk,
  • Fibromyalgia and soft tissue rheumatism,
  • Active or passive strain situations with passive insufficiency occurring in the muscles,
  • Joint calcifications and arthrosis,
  • Scoliosis and other postural-related diseases,
  • Sleeping disorders,
  • Regional edema treatment,
  • Stress, anxiety disorders and depression.

In the diseases we have listed above, other complementary and alternative medicine methods that we have listed can also be used. Of course, the method to be applied should be determined by the physician according to the type and condition of the disease.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy is a complementary and alternative medicine method that is effective in wound healing, tissue repair or keeping the tissue alive.

At the same time, ozone therapy helps to balance the number of basic energy molecules produced in the body.

Ozone therapy can be applied to diabetic patients, non-healing wounds, chronic fatigue and circulatory disorders, and immune system problems.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy can be applied in the treatment of almost all problems arising from the musculoskeletal systems. All diseases in which physical therapy can be applied also fall within the scope of manual therapy. Manual therapy methods, which are mainly used in the treatment of herniated disc, are divided into three groups:

  • Soft tissue mobilization,
  • Joint mobilization,
  • Ger and count.

The treatment method and the number of sessions to be applied are determined by the physician according to the type and condition of the disease.


Acupuncture is one of the most preferred treatment methods among complementary and alternative medicine methods. With acupuncture, it is aimed to activate the pain relief points in the body, together with the needles to activate the endorphin hormone and thus to provide the feeling of pain relief.

In fact, the most basic purpose of acupuncture treatment is that patients can get rid of their diseases without taking any medication. For example, acupuncture has the following effect on the treatment of pain caused by herniated disc: The acupuncture needle is inserted into the valium point in the auricle region. The resulting gaba secretion creates an extremely strong muscle relaxant effect.

Thanks to this procedure, the muscle spasm in the lumbar region is resolved and there is no need to take painkillers or muscle relaxants. With acupuncture treatment, not only hernia, but also many diseases that require the use of muscle relaxants and painkillers can be treated.

Today, alternative medicine methods continue to be actively used. Of course, these methods should be applied with the advice of a doctor, not with hearsay information.

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