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Old Way vs. New Age Relief


Are you plagued by irritable bowel syndrome, inconvenienced by insomnia, or undone by unrelenting back pain? If so, then you’ve undoubtedly tried a lot of different remedies in your attempts to become pain-free. And while many conventional treatments work for a lot of people, they aren’t effective for everyone. If you’re having a hard time finding relief the old-fashioned way, it may be time to take a new age approach to managing your symptoms. Let’s take a look at some alternative possibilities . . .

With so many options out there, how can you narrow down the possibilities and find the right treatment for your unique needs? Start your research here with a look at the conventional standbys and some intriguing alternative possibilities.

Insomnia
Old Way: Prescription sleeping aids
New Age Way: Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Research has shown that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can help ease the physical and mental symptoms of stress and anxiety—which can in turn make it easier to fall asleep, sleep longer, and stay asleep without interruption.

Chronic Back Pain
Old Way: painkillers (over-the-counter or prescription strength), injections of steroids
New Age Way: counseling, acupuncture

A little time spent on a therapist’s couch talking about your feelings may help you work out the emotional issues that could be contributing to your back pain. The key is to find a therapist you feel comfortable with and to be open to the process. Narrow down the possibilities by taking referrals and meeting with select therapists for a consultation.

Acupuncture is a centuries-old traditional form of Chinese medicine that involves the strategic placement of thin needles into the skin to treat medical problems and relieve stress. The needles are thought to stimulate different activities in the body, depending on where the needles are placed. It can be used to relieve symptoms associated with a wide variety of conditions, from headaches to cancer.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Old Way: over-the counter diarrhea and/or constipation medications, prescription medicines, practiced avoidance of foods that trigger flare-ups
New Age Way: Hypnosis

Commonly used to treat addictions like smoking, hypnosis may be a way of teaching your mind to relax, which in turn helps your system stay calmer and avoid increasing the severity of IBS symptoms.

If you suffer from any of the above conditions, you’ve really got nothing to lose by trying a new approach. You might just be surprised at the results!

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