Learning natural remedies to help with daily aches and pains can be a huge asset in personal health. We have compiled a list of five natural ways to heal your body’s aches and pains.
1. Physical Therapy and or Exercise
One of the best things for pain management can be exercise. Most people don’t think about getting up and moving when they are in pain. In fact, it may be the last thing that you want to do. But getting up and exercising can help reduce your body’s response to pain. If your pain is due to an injury or mechanical imbalance in your body then you may want to consider physical therapy.
Physical therapists can help you retrain your movement patterns or help you strengthen weak joints to alleviate pain. Everyday Health notes that physical therapy can help you restore your range of motion and strengthen your body.
2. Acupressure and Myofascial Release
These two techniques are great ways to relieve muscle pain and tension. Many times you can get tension spots in the fascia. Acupressure can help release the trigger points and painful spots allowing you to have less painful movements and eventually less pain during the day. Prevention magazine recommends that when you apply the pressure you hold it for at least 45 seconds. Even if it hurts, the pressure is what will cause the release of the trigger point. Without the extended pressure there will be no release.
3. Herbs and Spices
Many herbs and spices can invoke anti-inflammatory responses which will cause a drop in pain response. Things like capsaicin, derived from spicy chili peppers, can be applied topically to help relieve pain, this works by conveying pain responses from the peripheral nervous system to the central nervous system.
Other herbs taken orally can reduce inflammation. Ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric are all excellent spices for reducing inflammation in the body and reducing pain caused by chronic inflammation. You can easily add these powders to teas and breakfast items like oatmeal to increase your intake of these healing herbs.
4. Epsom Salt
Web M.D. advocates for the use of Epsom salt baths and soaks to relieve pain for many chronic pain conditions and occasional stiffness. Epsom salt works by breaking down into magnesium sulfate and that you absorb these through your skin. This theory has not been proven but it has been shown that soaking in warm water can loosen stiff joints.
Training your mind to meditate when in pain can help you reduce your body’s response to pain. Meditation has been shown to produce lasting results and can be more effective than distraction techniques that are often used for pain management. Spine Health notes that with practice perception of pain can be significantly reduced with mindful meditation.
There are many options for learning how to meditate. Mindful meditation techniques can be learned in classes, through audio recordings and even on YouTube. The great thing about meditation is that it is a technique you can bring with you anywhere. Once learned the benefits of mindful meditation can be seen in as little as three 20-minute sessions a week.
With these five techniques you should be able to find a natural pain management technique that works for you. Combining one or more of the pain management techniques can help by alleviating pain in multiple ways. Attacking pain management from a natural and holistic view will enable you to not only address your aches and pains but to nourish your body and spirit.