Everyone gets aches and pains from time to time. And while it’s easy to pop an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever, these medicines can carry some risks. The good news is that there are also drug-free ways to manage pain. Self-massage can help relax knotted muscles. An ice pack can reduce the swelling if you have a sprained ankle. And a heating pad can help soothe menstrual cramps.
Before trying any of these methods, talk with your doctor. He or she can tell you what would work best for you and show you the proper technique for each method.