Ask Away...: 7 Natural Methods to Relieve Chronic Pain

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

7 Natural Methods to Relieve Chronic Pain

We’ve all experienced pain in our lives. Maybe you’ve broken a few bones or had a bad experience during childbirth. For the majority of people, pain is something that comes and goes. But, for people suffering from chronic diseases, pain is a constant nightmare. It’s something that you have to learn to live with, but it doesn’t mean you have to sit there and let it take over your life. There are many ways you can deal with long-term pain, including medication prescribed from your doctor. Here are some natural pain remedies that could help.


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Exercise
Common sense would suggest that staying away from exercise while you’re in pain is the smartest thing to do. However, exercise can be a huge relief to anyone suffering from a chronic illness. There are many benefits to exercise. The first is that it helps to alleviate pain by loosening the muscles and joints. So, if you’re suffering from something like arthritis, going for a daily walk could help you tremendously. Secondly, dealing with a chronic illness can lead to bouts of anxiety and depression. Exercise has been proven to boost your mood and mental health which results in more positive outlook on life. Because exercise produces endorphins, it also releases a natural pain killer into your system.


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Fish Oil
Fish oil is a natural way of reducing inflammation, which can be the leading cause of pain in many chronic conditions. Why not get an anti-inflammatory drug from your doctor? Well, you could. But, relying on drugs for a chronic condition can lead to addiction. If you feel you’ve become reliant on drugs to manage your illness, visit https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/drug-rehab/drug-abuse-hotline/ for tips on how to detox and use natural methods instead. Using alternatives, like fish oil, can allow you to reduce or stop prescription painkillers.


Resveratrol
Resveratrol is an ingredient found in things like berries, red wine and grapes. Therefore, it’s easy to consume on a daily basis via snacks or smoothies and even food. For example, add a little red wine to a Bolognese or beef casserole. The benefits of having this ingredient in your diet is to boost your immune system and protect yourself from conditions, such as, various types of cancer. Studies have also shown that it can prolong your lifespan and keep your brain active in older age.


Heat
If you’ve ever had a back ache, you’ll know how valuable a heat pad can be. If you’re dealing with chronic pain, heat can be an excellent form of pain relief. A hot bath, hot water bottle or heat creams, like Deep Heat, can rearrange your nervous input, from the body to the mind. However, you should be cautious with heat. If you’re suffering from a sudden acute injury, like a twisted ankle after a walk, heat won’t do any good. In that case, switch to ice to try and reduce any swelling.


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Meditation
When you’re in a lot of pain, meditation may be the last thing you feel like doing. But, when you put your mind to it, it can really help. Here are some tips on meditating - https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/meditation-101-techniques-benefits-and-a-beginner-s-how-to. There are lots of different ways you can do meditation and no one way is correct when it comes to alleviating pain. You could chant during meditation or just concentrate on your breathing. You could even imagine a new place, somewhere that makes you happy, and transport yourself there whenever you’re in too much pain. It doesn’t work for everyone but it’s worth a shot.


Distraction
It isn’t always easy to distract yourself when you’re in pain, but if you succeed, it can offer huge relief. For distraction to be a success, you’ll need to know yourself well. What is most likely to distract you? A trip out to visit family and friends? Perhaps you’re most distracted when you’re watching a movie or reading a book. You could try distracting yourself by putting your mind to work on something other than your pain. Try some brain teasers or challenges, or have a go at some video games.


Laughter
You know what they say – laughter is the best medicine. And, they aren’t far wrong. Laughter is one of the biggest distractions and it’s known to be a successful pain reliever. It’s also one of the best methods for combatting depression when your pain gets you down. So, you’re tackling a lot of issues that come attached to chronic disorders. Put on a funny movie or spend time with people who make you laugh.


It’s not easy managing pain, but if you can find ways of doing it naturally, it means you won’t have to rely on prescription medication for the rest of your life.




















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