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Chronic pain can lead to additional problems, including…

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • More difficulty moving, walking
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Over time, negative changes to the brain

Chronic pain is often not treated adequately

While current medical approaches can offer some help, there are concerns about side effects and potential for addiction. Additional treatment approaches are needed.

Complementary approaches show promise

  • Mind and body practices such as meditation for managing pain
  • Spinal manipulation, massage, and yoga for chronic back pain
  • Massage, tai chi for fibromyalgia
  • Acupuncture for osteoarthritis pain

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