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Non-invasive, drug-free, durable treatments for chronic pain: what works?

Gabrielle Lis

Exercise is effective in reducing pain and improving function with many types of chronic pain – but other non-surgical, drug-free therapies can help too, including some mind-body practices.

One in five Australians over the age of 45 lives with persistent, ongoing pain, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) in May 2020. The AIHW defines chronic pain as “pain that lasts beyond normal healing time after injury or illness—generally 3 to 6 months”. The pain might be mild or severe, but is always ongoing and experienced on most days of the week.  Chronic pain i...

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