Endorphins are neurotransmitters that can play a role in pain management. Found in the brain, the pituitary gland, and throughout the human body, endorphins are released in response to stress and pain and can lead to a feeling of euphoria known as “runner’s high”. Neurologically, endorphins behave similarly to morphine and codeine.
Patients in search of natural pain management treatments can increase their endorphin levels through vigorous exercise. These natural pain relievers and stress fighters can help those who suffer from mild to moderate pain, but check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Meditation is another way to boost endorphin levels.