Complementary and integrative health approaches can be effective treatments for pain. But while these approaches – like chiropractic care, meditation, massage, relaxation, tai chi, and yoga – have been shown to alleviate some types of pain, doctors don’t always know how to provide them to their patients. This is particularly true after major surgery.
Time constraints typical of routine healthcare visits make it harder still. “Why don’t you try a low-impact yoga class?” may be a tougher sell than a prescription for a pain pill, explains Andrea Cheville, M.D., a rehabilitation and pain medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
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