6 Ways To Relieve Pain Naturally
If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, whether it’s due to arthritis, migraines, or an injury, it’s time to start getting some relief the natural way. Medication is only one of a number of ways you can help manage your pain. Here are 6 natural ways you can help to relieve and possibly even cure your chronic pain.
Massage can do a lot more for you than just relaxation. It can be especially beneficial for those who are suffering from arthritis or an injury. A study led by researchers at Duke University Health System in North Carolina suggested that people who had a whole-body massage every week for two months were in substantially less pain than the control group who only took pain medication.
Massage therapy is actually one of the most popular alternative medicine interventions and it’s worth a try the next time you’re in pain.
Plants provide us with so many things, and amongst their variety of benefits is their pain relieving properties.
Devil’s claw is an excellent remedy for conditions like back pain and osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that it may even work better than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Another herb to try is Feverfew. It’s one of the most effective natural treatments for migraine pain. Additionally, it’s effective in reducing joint and nerve pain. Researchers believe that its anti-inflammatory and other pain-relieving properties make it an effective treatment for most types of pain. So, the next time you’re hurting– give it a try!
3.) Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly fragrant substances found within the petals, stems, roots, and other parts of plants.
Researchers have found evidence to suggest that certain oils may help treat the symptoms of ailments, such as inflammation, headaches, depression, sleep disorders, and respiratory problems.
More research is needed to fully understand how essentials oils work for pain management, but there’s no harm in adding them to your current pain management plan. They might even allow you to reduce the dosages of your current prescriptions.
Next, according to the National Institute of Health, acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice, is now viewed as a proven and acceptable treatment for pain management.
Additionally, a number of studies suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain such as back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and/or headaches. It often reduces the incidence and severity of tension headaches and may even prevent migraines.
When it comes to yoga, “movement is medicine.” Yoga has the opposite effect on your brain as chronic pain. Chronic pain triggers changes in your brain structure that’s linked to depression, anxiety, and impaired cognitive function.
The good news is, if you suffer from any of these chronic conditions, yoga can be life-changing. One of the best things you can do to prevent and manage back pain is exercise regularly to keep your back and abdominal muscles strong and flexible. Yoga helps to isolate certain muscles that are hard to reach and not frequently used.
Try it for at least a month and see if you feel better. If you’re extra flexible and don’t feel like you’re getting enough out of your practice, we suggest hot yoga. The postures require lengthy, forceful, and sustained contractions of all of your muscle groups.
6.) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Finally, if nothing else is helping, it might be time to try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT can benefit your health and well being in a number of ways. It’s a therapeutic technique that helps you to identify negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and teaches you how to replace them with productive alternatives. It’s an effective treatment for chronic pain because it helps you learn to respond less to your pain and live a life less controlled by it.
Trial and Error
Seeing what works for you through trial and error is sometimes the only way to figure out what helps you.
We suggest starting by trying out some of the herbal remedies listed above and combine those with mind-body therapies that can help you gain control over your pain. Make sure you’re getting plenty of regular sleep, which will also help in decreasing your pain levels.
We hope you find something that works for you! In the meatime, let us know if you have any natural remedies that you’d like to add to our list.
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