Many Americans suffer from some kind of pain or ache at some point in their lives. Below are some natural pain relief options to help manage or cope with your chronic pain.
Acupuncture is a form of natural relief in which they insert very tiny needles in different parts of the body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Acupuncture practitioners believe that this boost your body’s natural pain killers. Acupuncture can be used to treat many pains and/or conditions including neck pain, low back pain, migraine headaches, osteoarthritis, etc.
Massage therapy can help relieve stress or tension that you may have in your muscles by stimulating blood flow. A massage can range from a light stroke to deep pressure. There are also different massage options that can be offered such as trigger point massage, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage and sports massage. A massage by a well trained professional can help you find the relief you are looking for.
Yoga has physical benefits that help improve your overall health and helps with pain and aches. Each time that you practice yoga, you take your joints through their full range of motion. This can help prevent degenerative arthritis or mitigate disability by “squeezing and soaking” areas of cartilage that normally aren’t used. Joint cartilage is like a sponge; it receives fresh nutrients only when its fluid is squeezed out and a new supply can be soaked up.
Heat therapy helps by dilating your blood vessels and promoting blood flow in your body. This helps reduce muscle pain by relaxing your muscles. You never want to use extreme heat to the point you burn your body. We recommend you use it at a “warm” temperature. Heat therapy has shown to be more effective rather than cold therapy in treating chronic pain. You can purchase heating devices such as heat compress, heat wraps or other heat devices in your local health pharmacy store or online.
Ginger contains gingerol that contains strong medicinal properties. Ginger has a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Studies show if you use two grams of Ginger daily whether it being in a tea or smoothie per day for at least ten days it can significantly reduce muscle pain. You also have the option to try ginger supplements which can be found in your local health store or online. We recommend you always talk to your physician before starting a new supplement as you may encounter some side effects or may experience interactions with your current medication regimen.
There comes a point after effortless natural remedies or at home treatments are no longer effective in managing your pain and you have to turn to a pain physicians help. Here at Greater Houston Interventional Pain we strive to get you the relief you need and get you back to pain free living! Contact our office today and schedule your consultation.
Disclaimer: All of the above are intended as ideas for you to consider on your personal journey with managing chronic pain.