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Hospice and Palliative Care Methods Aren’t Limited to Medication

Complementary Care

There are a number of methods besides medication that may be used to relieve pain and other symptoms.

A Wide Variety

Some people find that music, humor or distraction, hot or cold packs, or exercise can really help relieve their pain or lessen their symptoms.

Other complementary methods include massage therapy, biofeedback, therapeutic touch, chiropractic manipulation, pet therapy, acupuncture, hypnosis, guided imagery, and cognitive and behavior therapies.

Working Together to Decide What's Right for You

A palliative doctor or team member can help you decide if these methods might be effective and refer you to a provider if you are interested in pursuing them.

You can also learn more about the medical treatments and common symptoms that these methods can complement.