It is estimated that nearing 116 million people in the U.S. live with chronic pain conditions and it runs the gamut from the uncomfortable to the debilitating. The recent problems that have been associated with many of the standard medications have allow many to begin using all natural pain relief methods. These are returning to nature’s sources, which were often used for centuries.
It may not come as a surprise that almost fifty percent of people have indicated that those that accomplish what they do best for around ten hours per day also experience pain. Since pain reduces our mental and physical abilities and overall lifestyle, it makes sense that individuals would seek out healthier alternatives to medicines.
Diet can play a major role in pain and the inflammation that causes pain. Recent studies are showing that the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in omega 3’s can help in the reduction of inflammation. The diet includes lots of vegetables, lean meats and fruits, with an elimination of sugar, refined grains, alcohol and both saturated and trans fats.
Making use of the body’s natural pain inhibitors involves the release of our endorphins. These are the ‘feel good’ hormones that occur when we laugh. It’s recommended to have at least one (if not more) good hard belly laughs each day to help promote the endorphins.
Aromatherapy with vanilla: There is a reason those home baked chocolate chip cookies make you feel good: it’s the vanilla. Used for many years as an all-natural pain relief method, the aroma of vanilla also generates the positive endorphins in the body.
De-stressing allows the muscles to relax. When you are stressed, the muscles become tense, you have increased heart rate and your breathing also quickens. These responses have been shown to increase pain through the production of the stress hormone called cortisol. Relaxing and keeping stress down reduces the production of the hormone.
Studies show that sleep plays a significant role in increasing or decreasing pain. Beyond the benefits of a better overall mood, memory and its effects on weight gain, those people that slept longer had the ability to have a higher pain tolerance by nearing twenty five percent. Just a few more hours of deep, restful sleep can have an astounding effect on your lifestyle quality and pain reduction.
While your practitioner may have advised you to get up and move around, it is probably the last thing that you want to do when you are in pain. There is significant research that shows that an increase in movement, especially exercise, stimulates the endorphins and actually lowers pain. It also reduces body chemicals called cytokines, which are known to promote inflammation, which is one of the causes of pain. Always consult on the safest methods of exercise prior to implementing.
Whichever method you choose for your natural joint pain relief, always confer with a primary health care provider before making any changes to your daily regiment, including the addition of any supplements and herbs.