These days, many people will choose natural pain relief methods rather than taking opioid medications, which is commonly prescribed to patients with severe pain. Aside from the addictive properties, there are several possible side effects. One of the most frequent side effect associated with this type of medication is constipation.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS) is a natural pain reliever that helps cure chronic pain, reduce swelling and helps increase blood circulation to promote faster healing from muscle injuries. It involves having electrodes taped to your back or any parts of the body that cause pain. You give yourself small, safe amounts of electrical current to stimulate the production of endorphins. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors within the brain to scale back the understanding of pain and act similarly to medicines like morphine and codeine.
In contrast to opiate drugs, however, activation of the opiate receptors by the body’s endorphins does not cause addiction or dependence. Endorphins not only relieve pain but cause a short-lived sense of well-being. TENS is also thought to trigger the discharge of endorphins – the body’s natural painkilling substances.
Aside from being a reliever to chronic pain, TENS is also a natural way for women with menstrual cramps to eliminate pain that interrupts women lives for a few days each month.
Other methods include gentle exercise, a hot water bottle, a warm bath, and lower abdomen or relaxation techniques. Although this may not stop your pain completely, these actions can often help to ease or reduce it.