Whether you are looking for an alternative to over-the-counter and prescription medications, or something to speed up the healing process—these natural pain relievers will help.
Heat Or Ice
Heat and ice can both be used to reduce pain and inflammation, but you must know when and how to use them. Ice is most effective for acute pain or a flare-up of chronic pain. For example, you would use ice if you sprained your ankle or if your chronic back pain is worse today than usual. While heat may improve range of motion when experiencing acute pain, it won’t reduce inflammation. If pain is chronic heat pads, steam, or an Epsom salt bath can reduce your symptoms.
Massage works in many ways to alleviate pain. What is important is to let your massage therapist know your troubled areas. They can release tense muscles from poor posture, sitting at your computer all day, or sleeping wrong. When it comes to injury and chronic pain, they can perform deep tissue, trigger point, and myofascial release. Last but not least, massage improves circulation and calms your nervous system which is effective for both internal and external inflammation.
There is a lot of confusion about what CBD, so let’s start there. CBD is a chemical compound found in cannabis. It is an oil extract that is processed without the THC, which is what makes you high. Hemp-derived CBD products, such as Holmes Organics, are legal in all 50 states. The benefits of CBD are many, but when speaking of pain, it stimulates your body’s natural pain receptors creating an anti-inflammatory effect. Anytime you reduce inflammation, you reduce pain. This means it can be used for both acute and chronic pain. CBD also improves the quality of your sleep, and quality sleep will further help to reduce pain and inflammation.
Movement And Stretching
One of the greatest challenges of modern-day life is that we are too sedentary. For many, our job requires us to sit 8 or more hours a day. Combine this with sitting during our commute to and from work and sitting more when we get home, and we simply aren’t getting enough general movement. On the flipside, many of us are required to stand on our feet 8 or more hours a day. Both excessive sitting and standing can result in chronic pain. You can alleviate this pain by investing in office ergonomics, comfortable shoes, and with strategic movement and stretching—beyond your regular workouts. Those who sit all day should aim to stand at least a few minutes every hour and walk during their breaks. If possible, invest in a standing desk. Both those who sit or stand at work should spend a few minutes stretching their opposing muscles every 2 to 4 hours.
As you can see there are many ways you can alleviate pain naturally!