At Innovative Chiropractic we have found that natural pain management solutions have proven to be an effective way for many people to supplement medical therapy for chronic pain. The natural pain management solutions listed below are easy to try, low-cost, and have the potential to reduce your discomfort.
Try a few of the options below to find which one works best for you.
- Free your inner endorphins. Exercising can increase the production of endorphins, which are natural pain relievers.
- Look for support and understanding. If you have chronic pain, seek out people who can be supportive and understanding.
- Enjoy the outdoors. Being outside in the sun can improve your mood as well as your immune system.
- Soak in warm water. Many types of muscle discomfort and spasms can be relieved by soaking your body in warm water.
- Try dry heat therapy. Consider using a heat pack or an adhesive back wrap that gives low-level heat on a regular basis.
- Enjoy essential oils. In many cultures, essential oils have long been prized for their analgesic properties. Try aromatherapy or mix a few drops in your massage oil.
- Try massage therapy. A good therapeutic massage stimulates blood flow, relieves muscle tension, and improves sensations of well-being.
- Stretch and loosen up. Stretching the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons) in and around the spine is beneficial to almost everyone.
- Imagine yourself in a better place. Guided imagery is a type of meditation in which you hear and internalize therapeutic suggestions to help you feel better and devalue pain signals.
- Introduce more anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Anti-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables, unsaturated fats, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and omega-3 fatty acid-rich seafood, may help some people reduce pain.
- Laugh more. Laughter has a lot of beneficial impacts, including improving blood circulation and oxygen intake, as well as increasing endorphin levels (the body’s natural painkillers).
- Get plenty of restful sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential for pain management and healing. Exercise that physically exhausts the body on a regular basis aids in the promotion of deep sleep.
- Ice it. Slowing nerve impulses with ice and/or a cold gel pack applied to the painful area might help reduce inflammation and numb the pain.
These natural pain-relieving suggestions are meant to serve as inspiration for you on your personal quest to manage chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about medical treatment options if your pain worsens or interferes with your ability to conduct daily duties.