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Non-Invasive CRPS Treatments and Alternative Therapies for Pain Management

Many people and professionals do not agree on the different treatments typically used for patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and often try different alternative therapies to aid the symptoms of CRPS. Our series of Guides to Alternative Therapies for CRPS blogs gives a number of alternative therapies that can be used for pain management of CRPS. The different alternative therapies for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome include:

  • Acupuncture or Acupressure (see below) – Acupuncture is now also seen as safe and effective for children (Whiteman, H. 2015)
  • Chiropractic treatments
  • Orthotics (Podiatry) – This could help you if your CRPS is in your lower limbs and you are having trouble with mobility, problems with fitting in shoes, etc.
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Yoga or Tai Chi
  • Massage therapy – GENTLE of course!
  • Hypnosis
  • Breathing techniques – There are many deep breathing exercises that can help maybe not with everyday CRPS pain but could help with pain flare ups
  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness – This uses techniques from yoga, meditation and breathing
  • Reiki
  • Herbal remedies or Chinese Natural remedies
  • Vitamins including antioxidants (See Latest Research links below 'Vitamin D for the treatment of chronic painful conditions in adults')
  • Diets specifically aimed at CRPS patients – It will vary and alter depending on each person, but it would be considered nutritionally high reducing any inflammation or swelling you may have as a result of CRPS. However, you MUST talk to your GP or pain specialist BEFORE embarking on a new diet as it may have an effect on your medication. Drink plenty of water if you do decide to go on this sort of fresh produce diet.




Please remember we are not doctors or medically trained. Please always seek medical advice prior to starting anything new.

Acupuncture and the other types of alternative therapies are not meant to replace your typical pain management treatments, they are used in addition to. Always speak to your healthcare specialists before trying any other treatments in case there are any contradictions.



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