Chronic pain is something that many people are forced to live with on a daily basis. Some people are unable to keep their pain under control even if they use medication. The good news is that there are many drug-free pain management remedies that you can use.
A massage is very effective for promoting natural pain management. It helps naturally increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the body. Endorphins and serotonin are not only great for pain management, but they also help regulate your mood. Chronic pain has been linked with anxiety and depression.
There has been evidence to suggest that a massage can work at a molecular level. It may actually turn off the genes that cause pain. Massages are so effective than many physicians recommend it to patients before and after surgery.
Heat and Cold Therapy
Heat and cold therapy is also great for pain management. Heat therapy works by boosting blood flow to the area, which reduces inflammation. You can use heat therapy by using a heat wrap or heating pad. You can also take a warm bath.
Cold therapy works by reducing blood flow to the area. This reduces swelling and pain. Your nerves will not be able to transmit the pain messages as quickly. You can use a cold pack, ice pack or a cold wrap.
Yoga is one of the most popular exercises. It is estimated that 20 million people in America do yoga on a regular basis. Yoga is a mind-body exercise that helps promote relaxation. It can also be used for pain management.
There was a study done that involved people who practiced yoga for two months. The results of the study showed that the subjects were able to reduce their back pain by 42 percent. They were also able to reduce their depression symptoms by 46 percent.
Meditation is another thing that can help you with pain management. Meditation is a relatively simple practice. All you have to do is close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths. Do this for a few minutes out of the day. Studies have shown that meditation can reduce the body’s perception of pain.
Exercise may seem counterproductive if you are suffering from chronic pain. However, when you exercise, you encourage your body to secrete more of its natural painkillers. It is important for you to not overdo it when it comes to exercise. This can worsen your pain. You should start off slowly and then gradually increase your time as well as the intensity.
Have Some Resveratrol
Resveratrol is an antioxidant that is found in grapes, berries and red wine. This antioxidant has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and prolong your life.
Turmeric is a powder that can be used to flavor food. It can also reduce pain and inflammation. You can add turmeric to your foods while you are cooking. You can also add it to your smoothies.
Christopher is an author and community blogger living with chronic pain. Researching and encouraging healthy ways to cope with pain through pain management and healthy practices.