In today’s fast paced world, it is not uncommon for people to find themselves in positions of dealing with pain. If this is you, especially if it is nagging or chronic, you may be hoping to avoid taking medication but still want relief. Or maybe you would like to save money without resorting to chemical means. There are many non-medical, sometimes inexpensive ways to find help.
Book Yourself in for a Massage
A good massage can help relax muscles, which relieves tension. Massage therapists specialize in pain-relieving tissue manipulation that can bring great relief. Massage therapists may also recommend supplements and dietary changes.
Pay a Visit to Your Chiropractor
A good chiropractor can make you wonder where he or she has been all your life. Chiropractics realign the joints, especially the spine. When the spine is out of line, the other joints get out of line as well. Muscles tighten to compensate for the misalignment, pulling tighter and creating knots and cramps.
A chiropractor will relax the muscles and realign the spine. Chiropractics can relieve joint pain, headaches, and backaches. Most chiropractors also treat conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.
Your chiropractor will probably recommend supplements and dietary changes that can help you as well. In addition, he or she may give you special stretches and exercises to do to keep your pain at bay.
Move and Stretch Your Body… Gently
It’s no surprise that movement methods such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and general stretching are helpful in reducing pain. They relax muscle tension, increase circulation, and help align the body. Be sure to incorporate some breath work to help move through any discomfort – but be sure not to push yourself or overdo it.
Alternate Between Hot and Cold
Applying alternating hot and cold packs can help you find some relief. The heat increases circulation to the area and encourages muscle relaxation. The cold reduces inflammation and swelling. You can buy such packs commercially, or make your own with two tube socks filled with rice and tied shut. Put one in the freezer and microwave the other. Then use alternately.
Identify the Cause
Keep a journal of your pain experience. In this journal, write down a daily record of everything you eat, what you do physically (Did you sit in a recliner for a long time? Or in a desk chair? Did you lie down or do a lot of standing that day?), and when you feel more or less pain. This will help you look for patterns.
Perhaps you get headaches from a food allergy you didn’t know you had, or maybe the way you sit at your computer is causing neck or shoulder pain. The journal can help you identify these possible causal factors.
Be Sure You are Getting Regular Exercise
It’s remarkable what just getting the body moving can do for pain. Water aerobics, swimming, walking, and other regular exercise can greatly increase circulation, promote healthy joints and bones, and loosen muscles. Avoid exercises that involve a lot of twisting, contortions, or joint stress (such as running on pavement).
Try Acupuncture and Acupressure
These natural pain relief treatments work by targeting “energy centers” or channels in the body. When these channels are opened through acupuncture or acupressure, the theory is that the energy will flow freely and pain will be reduced. Acupuncture and acupressure may actually stimulate the body’s natural pain-fighting chemicals and promote circulation.
If your pain is very persistent, you might want to see a specialist. There are pain management specialists who do not use drugs or medications.
Eight Important Points For Acupressure Migraine Control
When it comes to headaches and pain, there is nothing that is quite as bad as the pain associated with a migraine. A migraine can creep up on you without any warning and interfere with your day. The pain that most people feel is described as intolerable, throbbing, excruciating, and soul-destroying, and the worst part is that many painkillers and medicines have little to no effect on them.
Luckily, migraines respond quite well to more homeopathic remedies, such as the use of acupressure points, which are located in places all over the body. Acupressure is similar to acupuncture, except there are no needles. It is a quick and effective way to relieve the pain of a migraine and even eradicate it completely.
In this infographic below, you will discover the best acupressure points that you can use to help stop your migraine in its tracks. These are designed to help you discreetly yet effectively treat yourself wherever you may be, and all by placing firm and steady pressure on various individual points. Thirty seconds to a minute are typically sufficient to completely eliminate a migraine.