7 Natural Ways to Fight Chronic Pain
Chronic pain–is any pain sustained over a long period of time. Duh! ?
Chronic pain may last anywhere from a few weeks, to a lifetime. While you may be able to take medication to help relieve the pain, there are many other forms of pain relief you can also try that can make life with chronic pain easier.
Below are seven additional forms of pain relief to consider.
Cortisol–our body’s stress hormone–can make inflammation worse, resulting in increased pain. Take steps to reduce the stress in your life and you may find that your pain is less intense. There are many ways to fight stress, which in turn can help you fight your chronic pain.
The articles below will help you lessen the stressors in your life:
- 12 Simple Ideas to Combat Stress
- Simple Ways To De-Stress at Home
- How Gardening Can Reduce Stress and Improve Mental Health
- Find Comfort in These Bible Verses When You’re Struggling with Anxiety and Stress
When we’re in pain, the last thing we feel like doing is physical exercise, but in many cases this can make a considerable difference in your pain. Physical activity releases feel-good endorphins in the body that help relieve pain. It’s important to make sure you’re doing exercises that are suitable for your condition. If you suffer chronic joint pain jogging probably isn’t a good choice. Try low-impact exercises such as swimming or yoga instead.
Take a Hot Bath
Hot baths can relax muscles that may be tensed up due to pain, while releasing endorphins in the body at the same time. Many doctors recommend a hot bath as an alternative form of pain relief for this reason. Products such as bath salts may be able to further relieve pain. And we all know how relaxing a bubble bath can be, right?
Avoid Trigger Foods
Did you know foods can make your pain worse? Yep, certain foods can actually aggravate your chronic pain. For example, high amounts of sugar can often make inflammation worse and result in greater pain, while high amounts of salt can also trigger pain.
The list below contains 10 common pain-triggering foods:
- Nightshade Vegetables
- Processed Foods
- Vegetable Oils
When you’re hurting, try to control your diet so that these trigger foods are limited.
Try Herbal Supplements and Remedies
There are a number of natural pain relievers out there that could be worth trying. Turmeric, ginger, and bromelain are just a few herbal remedies that work for some people. For something stronger, you might try a plant-based medicine such as kratom, derived from a tropical tree in Asia, as can be found at The Kratom Connection.
It’s essential to do your research first before taking or using any herbal supplements. Certain remedies may not be suitable for certain conditions.
Look into Holistic Treatment
You might also consider holistic treatments. Massage, acupuncture, and hydrotherapy are just a few forms of holistic treatment used to fight pain. You can learn more about these types of therapy at sites such as BH Holistics.
Have a Laugh
Another natural form of pain relief that many people overlook is laughter. When we laugh, the body is flooded with feel-good endorphins that help to fight pain and increase positive mood. Laughter doesn’t cost a penny and is something you can do at any time. It really can be the best medicine.
Yes, medication may be the most likely treatment we turn to when we’re in pain, but there are other viable options. The list above is a great place to start–especially if you’re trying to avoid the side effects that may accompany many of the pain meds available. Consider all your options!
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