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If you’re diagnosed with a debilitating illness, your doctor may recommend a combination of different treatments and therapies to help reduce discomfort. Nonpharmacological treatment or therapy does not involve drugs and is usually used in combination with drug treatments. Read below for common nonpharmacological treatments.


Massage is typically associated with spas and is often viewed as a leisure activity. The reality is that massage therapy is widely available in clinics, hospitals, airports, and even malls around the U.S.

‘Different types of massage offer different benefits beyond de-stressing. Massage can help with back pain, headache, and anxiety. Multiple studies have found that massage therapy can also effectively relieve pain and discomfort in people with severe health conditions like cancer and many hospice centers offer massage therapy to those in their care.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy (PT) can treat numerous health conditions and may be recommended by your doctor as a standalone treatment or in combination with drug treatments. Although massage and PT both aim at relieving pain and improving or restoring function to different areas of the body through the manipulation of soft body tissue, there are differences. 

PT is a health care profession that helps patients improve their moving abilities through manual and adaptive equipment techniques and therapeutic exercise. According to the U.S. department of labor, “physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from, for example, back and neck injuries, sprains, strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, and injuries related to work and sports.”


Acupuncture is the practice of using thin needles to penetrate the skin at specific points in the body to alleviate pain, treat illness, or to anesthetize a body part. This technique originated in ancient China and has been in practice for over 5,000 years.
Acupuncture has been proven to be at least moderately effective at treating nausea and pain- even chronic pain. A recent study found that acupuncture can help with some of the side effects that come with PTSD, like depression.

It’s important to note that these treatments are usually recommended to work alongside pharmacological treatments. Each individual responds to treatment differently. If you want to learn more about different nonpharmacological treatments and which might be right for you, talk to your healthcare provider.






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