There are alternatives that many physicians who specialize in pain suggest people consider for the management of chronic pain. They will likely suggest acupuncture, which is very often used for chronic back pain as well as some forms of arthritis. Also, several types of meditation also help with pain management. Depending on the condition, massage and/or chiropractic work can also help alleviate pain. There is a growing body of evidence that each of these therapies can help reduce and manage pain. But as with all things, please see a physician who specializes in pain management for the best course of treatment for your chronic pain. A specialist will be able to tell you about the latest research that applies to your specific condition.