Friday, June 22, 2018

Everyday Solutions for Everyday Pain

Most of us have some sort of pain now and then. Extra-hard workouts, a lumpy bed or trying a new sport can all give us the twinges and soreness that make us feel uncomfortable and stiff. But if the pain is due to a chronic condition, everyday pain can be tough to deal with. Seek medical help for your specific ailment but try these tips for pain relief on a daily basis.

Avoid overexertion
Exercise helps manage pain, but don't overdo. Intense exercise creates a painful build-up of lactic acid and carbon dioxide in the muscles. Start slow and boost each session by a little bit. Be sure to stretch and drink plenty of water to flush the toxins from your muscles.

Maintain a healthy weight
Excess weight puts more pressure on joints and lower back muscles. Visceral, or intra-abdominal, fat triggers inflammation. Add a minor trauma, such as twisting your knee or tripping over a pet, and you have a perfect storm for creating pain. Sprinkle flaxseed on your salads and cook with ginger & turmeric for their anti-inflammtory properties.

Meditate
Meditation, including prayer, is a proven tool for quieting the mind - and the fears that can actually prolong suffering. You can meditate to quiet music or with mindful movement. Try focused breathing or practicing gratitude.

Sleep
Get seven to eight hours of restful sleep each night - an often overlooked remedy for pain. Sleep is essential for health. If you're constantly tired, your anxiety levels increase, making it more difficult for your body to heal. Choose an electronic screen-free zone about 60 minutes before you turn in to help you drop off to sleep more easily.

Consider homeopathic remedies
Homeopathic medicines have a low risk of side effects and don't interact with other medications. Try arnica to relieve muscle pain and swelling from injuries. Gel or cream can be applied directly to the sore spot. Try tablets for generalized pain.


Check out these previous blogs for more info on relieving workout pain through meditation , knee pain strategies, and foam rolling.


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