It’s worse than childbirth, but there isn’t an epidural
It seems that nearly everyone is dealing with some sort of muscle or joint pain. We often blame it on getting old, too much physical work or exercise, or other phantom factors that we obviously don't understand. Regardless of our notion of how it happened, we all really want it to go away. Here are some simple solutions to start.
Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide. It costs nations billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses every year. Debilitating pain affects more individuals than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. Doctors throw drug after drug at these pain syndromes with very little long-term success. Here are some of the best natural agents to reduce pain.
Naturally aligned posture is a most important step towards being pain-free. Our breathing habits determine our posture and our posture affects how well we can breathe.
To reduce pain within your body – you’ll have to fix bad posture as soon as possible. Are you too tired to sit up straight? Well, slouching is actually harder work than sitting or standing with a naturally aligned spine.
Acupuncture significantly reduces both pain and painkiller use following surgeries including Cesarean sections, research has shown.
Few people are familiar with the term nightshades, and many will be surprised to learn that consuming foods from this plant group may be contributing to their pain and inflammation. Nightshades belong to the Solanaceae family which includes over 2,000 species. They include some of the most popular foods consumed today, such as tomatoes, potatoes, all types of peppers, and eggplant. Not truly nightshades, blueberries, huckleberries, goji berries and ashwaganda contain the same inflammation-inducing alkaloids.
Over the counter pain remedies such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen have been the go-to choices for killing pain and/or inflammation fast. But they have their vast array of side effects.
Meditation isn't only a way to relax or a throw-back to the 1960s when the Beatles first made the practice popular in the U.S. In fact, in recent years, mainstream scientists have published several studies showing that mindfulness meditation, which is centered on being aware of the present moment by focusing on the body and breath sensations, can prevent and treat depression. Meditation has also been found to help chronic pain.
A recent study suggests that lavender oil aromatherapy may decrease pain intensity and reduce stress.