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Natural Pain Relievers Part 2 | Barger Chiropractic of Folsom

by James Barger on 2011/11/07

Natural Pain Relievers Part 2 | Barger Chiropractic of Folsom

Quite a few victims of chronic pain that are seen at Barger Chiropractic of Folsom would really love to be less dependent on painkillers to manage their pain.  How can this be done? Natural pain relievers could be the answer. The following two articles list some items that may help. The first list is some simple actions that you can take that might help you to rely less on pain medications and feel more in control of your life.

Cool it with ice.  If there were only one therapy available to me at Barger Chiropractic of Folsom, I would choose ice. Most pain comes with some level of inflammation, and ice is the best natural way to reduce this inflammation.  Ice also helps by acting as a local anesthetic.  Sports injury specialists generally advise the use of ice for the first 24 to 48 hours after any injury.  Time and method of use can vary, depending on site of involvement, sensitivity of the patient and type of injury.  I prefer to massage the area with an ice cube rather than apply blue ice packs.

Release your endorphins. These are the natural chemicals your body produces to block pain signals from reaching your brain.  As you body’s natural pain reliever, endorphins can be as strong as many of the strongest pain relievers. They help alleviate anxiety, stress and depression, conditions that can accompany and make worse chronic pain.  Endorphins are produced during aerobic exercise.  Any activity that gets your pulse rate up for a sustained period of time will release pain relieving endorphins into your system. And no, you don’t need to run a marathon, or even a lap around the track to get this effect. Interval training incorporates brief, intense exercise for 30 seconds.

Feel the heat.  In sub-acute and chronic cases, applying some form of heat, a hot water bottle, gel or rice-hull filled pad heated in the microwave, can ease your pain. Benefits of heat include: increase the flow of healing oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area and suppress the pain signals being sent to your brain.  The use of stick on heating pads, like Salon Pas, releases a low level of heat for several hours and can be worn under your clothes.

Loosen up.  The joints of your body are designed for movement, and if your motion is limited, it can make the joint pain worse.  Most everyone can benefit from stretching the muscles, ligaments and tendons surrounding your joints.  If you have chronic low-back pain or neck pain, you may find it takes weeks or months of stretching to loosen up your spine and soft tissues, but you will find sustained and meaningful pain relief following the increased in motion.  Chiropractic adjustments can also hasten the recovery of stiff and painful joints.

Get Sun Exposure. All it takes is about 15 minutes of direct sunlight during the summer mid-day to allow your skin to produce a good dose of vitamin D.  A Boston university study of 221 men and women with knee osteoarthritis showed that those people supplementing with 400-800 IU of  vitamin D experienced less pain than those who did not get any vitamin D. More details will be covered in the next article that details natural herbal and vitamin supplements to help you manage your pain and regain control of your life.

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