Strategies to manage pain

Many different methods are available to help you deal with pain, including prevention, medication, and lifestyle approaches. Keeping a pain diary can help you understand what pain management methods may work best for you.


To prevent pain, it is important to understand the causes. Common triggers can include stress, poor posture, overuse of specific muscles, and being overweight. Learning what triggers your pain can help you prevent it.

Different strategies can help prevent headache, back pain and muscle aches, and joint pain.


Depending on your type of pain, its location and duration, one or more of these options may be right for you.

Topical analgesic rub

Topical rubs can provide temporary relief of muscle aches and joint pain associated with backache, lumbago, neck ache, sprained ligaments and strained tendons. Get relief with Myoflex®. Myoflex® is a deep penetrating pain relief rub for the temporary relief of arthritic or rheumatic pain, aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with backache, lumbago, neck ache, sprains, pain of tendons and ligaments.

Over-the-counter pain relievers

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers can provide effective relief of pain, and they are safe when taken as directed. In Canada, acetylsalicylic acid, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium and ibuprofen are available without a prescription. To understand how these medications differ, click here.

It is important to stay within the recommended daily dosage of any OTC medication. If you do not receive adequate relief with the maximum dose of an OTC medication, you may wish to consult your doctor about prescription pain relief.

Prescription pain relievers

Several types of prescription medications are available to manage pain. Consult your doctor for more information.

Lifestyle approaches

Many lifestyle approaches can help manage pain. These include learning and practicing stress management techniques, practicing yoga, getting regular physical activity, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Learn more about lifestyle tips for pain management.