When living with chronic pain, it can often seem like the options available to make your life more comfortable, more functional, and just plain worth living are fairly limited.
Too frequently we find ourselves reaching for prescription painkillers that come with a whole host of unpleasant side effects, or simply having to sit it out on many of the activities we enjoy as a result of our discomfort.
The good news, however, is that a solution to help manage and ease our chronic pain doesn't necessarily lie solely in pharmaceuticals...
When it comes to pain management, the stakes are high for us to swiftly find the relief we so desperately need. Many people will automatically discount natural pain relief options as ineffective, and be hesitant to give them a try in the first place.
However, with some understanding of how our bodies work, by getting in tune with ourselves, and by making some well-thought-out choices; trying the natural route in our efforts to help reduce pain can render some surprisingly effective results.
Here, we discover the highly effective and easy natural pain relief methods you can implement by making some changes in your routine. You can free yourself from pain and the nasty side effects of pain medications, so you can feel your best naturally...
What are the Best Natural Painkillers?
Do you prefer to live a healthy, clean life, and treat your body like a temple? Would you like to liberate yourself from relying on medications to simply mask your chronic pain symptoms?
While natural treatment has proven to be a viable option that will help address chronic pain once it’s already present, it’s also an effective preventative measure to avoid injuries and illnesses in the first place!
Being proactive instead of reactive is a major contributing factor when it comes to our health. Prevention is a much better approach than scrambling to find a cure, so if you are able to eliminate the possibility of a problem before it arises, this is an optimal option.
Here’s some new ideas you may not have considered in your search for alternatives to medication to help relieve pain:
Getting our bodies moving helps alter the way our brains perceive pain messages in two highly effective ways:
- Exercise releases endorphins in our endocrine system, which serve as a powerful painkiller. They’re our bodies’ naturally-occurring analgesic, acting on the opiate receptors in our brains that trigger pain-relieving and pleasurable messages being distributed throughout our bodies.
Exercise increases bloodflow to painful areas. This in turn relaxes muscles, loosens up stiffness, increases flexibility and relieves aches from tightly-wound muscle fibers, helping to relieve pain at the source.
5. Heat & Cold Therapy
Along with injury or illness, comes inflammation. This painful swelling results from the body’s immune response, which causes pain in a localized area. Both heat and cold therapy can provide relief from pain in the muscles and joints, when applied in the correct circumstance:
- Cold Therapy decreases your blood flow, soothing swollen tissue and reducing the pressure on surrounding pain receptors. Ice acute muscle sprains and tears to decrease swelling and cut painful swelling.
Heat Therapy promotes blood flow, encouraging muscles to loosen up and stiffness to ease. Apply gentle heat to sore backs and tired muscles that feel tight and achy.
- Should I Apply Heat or Cold? Depending on the source of your pain, in some cases, applying just heat will help; and in others, just cold will help. Sometimes, alternating between hot and cold can be effective, usually for the treatment of chronic pain from pulled muscles due to overexertion.
Try reducing inflammation and loosening up tight muscles with temperature therapy. The Slabway Hot & Cold Massage Roller combines targeted pressure with the adaptability of working both heated and iced- making it stand out as a soothing source of relief, no matter which route your pain management needs require.
4. Get a Massage
Massage can prove to be very effective in pain management through the careful manipulation of muscles and tissues throughout your body. Aside from the obvious blissful benefits the relaxation of the experience provides, there are also some scientific ways that massage treatment addresses the pain process in our bodies:
- Massage reduces cortisol levels, the stress hormone your body releases when it has experienced trauma or is battling an illness. When your body’s cortisol levels are very high, you’re constantly in a state of “fight or flight”. This can keep your body tense, placing more strain on painful areas and amplifying back pain.
- Massage can prevent pain signals from traveling to and from the brain. Commonly referred to as “closing the pain gate”, stimulating specific nerve fibers with massage can send messages to the brain that overpower those being sent by the painful nerves. This interferes with the way our brains perceive pain, detracting from the sensation.
No time for a trip to the masseuse? ...You’re not the only one!
Because life gets busy, Slabway took all the appointment scheduling, expense, and travel time out of the equation to bring all the therapeutic benefits of massage right to your living room. Come home to comfort and regular pain relief with a Slabway Full Body Massage Chair, Foot & Leg Massager Wrap or Shiatsu Foot Massager and see incredible results on your schedule.
3. Enjoy the Proven Benefits of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can work wonders for those who suffer from chronic pain, whether they’re absorbed through the skin or the olfactory system. Try these key essential oils for proven natural pain management:
- Lavender- Calming and relaxing effect, also treats pain and inflammation
- Rosemary- Reduces inflammation and pain
- Eucalyptus- Provides a “cooling” sensation on sore, inflamed muscles
Yarrow- Reduces inflammation and soothes pain
2. Stretch & Limber Up Your Muscles
Gentle stretches not only prevent injuries by limbering up the muscles prior to use, but can also reduce pain in these ways:
- Stretching increases bloodflow, encouraging healing to take place and allowing tight muscles to release painful tension.
Stretching elongates muscles and increases range of motion, allowing for supple mobility and the strengthening of supporting muscles that fortify your spine. This can help immensely with back pain.
1. Add More Anti Inflammatory Foods to Your Diet
Reducing the chance of inflammation in your body also minimizes the pain that ensues. Supplementing your diet with foods boasting anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the intensity of your pain, and cut down on the number of flare-ups if you have a reactive pain response.
Try serving up more of these delicious natural anti-inflammatory foods on your plate:
While it’s critical to consult your doctor for medical advice when you’re experiencing chronic pain in order to rule out any serious issues; many symptoms can be reduced and managed the natural way without medical intervention. Discuss these natural remedies with your doctor to discover if they’re suitable to incorporate into your wellness and pain management plan.
On your journey towards relief from chronic pain and your quest for more natural solutions and remedies, keep in mind that it all starts with you! Making some of these changes and trying out natural and holistic approaches will certainly prevent issues from arising, and may drastically make a difference in your chronic pain management.
Be well, and always remember to remain positive. Our health is in our hands.
Slabway Wellness Consultant