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Off the beaten path

If you cope with a chronic condition, addressing ongoing symptoms may leave you wondering whether your treatments are all modern medicine has to offer. Increasingly, health experts and patients alike are exploring how nontraditional therapies like massage, acupuncture, dietary supplements and more can complement medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider to discuss how some of the options below may be integrated with your prescribed treatment:

If you have: Irritable bowel syndrome
Ask about: massage, yoga, meditation, progressive relaxation, biofeedback, hypnosis, probiotics, acupuncture and peppermint
To help: manage stress, relieve abdominal pain and bloating, restore good bacteria, improve bowel function and relax muscle spasms

If you have: Fibromyalgia
Ask about: chiropractic, acupuncture and massage
To help: improve function, reduce pain, relax muscles, improve range of motion and relieve stress and anxiety

If you have: Perimenopause
Ask about: soy, black cohosh and relaxation techniques
To help: reduce hot flashes, improve bone density, reduce insomnia and improve vaginal and psychological symptoms

If you have: Premenstrual syndrome
Ask about: calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium and vitamin E
To help: reduce fluid retention and bloating, reduce breast tenderness and relieve cramping

If you have: Chronic headaches
Ask about: acupuncture, biofeedback massage, lavender, ginger, peppermint and wintergreen essential oils
To help: stimulate endorphin release and block pain messages to the brain, stop an early migraine from building and reduce tension headaches