• Good advice for aches, pains & injuries

Treatments for Pain

An index of science-based, opinionated reviews about what works for pain, what doesn’t, and why

See also the about page, complete articles index, sitemap, or master list of self-help tips.

Spinal manipulation: one of the classic treatment options. But does it actually work?

There are countless treatments for people in pain, most of them of dubious value. Scams are everywhere! But so is evidence-based hope. Get started with a big compilation of pain survival tips, with links to dozens more articles about popular DIY treatments like self-massage, ice or heat, or the amazingly controversial Epsom salts. I also review major therapy methods like massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture. Or read an opinionated guide to all the kinds of professionals who might be able to help.

Exercise! The closest thing there is to a miracle drug

Massage therapy: everyone’s favourite luxury therapy

Why so much content about massage? It’s the most popular of all the major “alternatives” to medicine for chronic pain — and the most uncritically accepted. Also, I used to be a massage therapist.

Chiropractic: perpetually the most controversial health care profession

Medications & supplements

Tools, gadgets & hardware


Injections, surgeries (mostly minor surgeries)

Energy medicine & subtle therapies


Consumer tips, advocacy & anti-quackery activism