Health & Fitness

Top natural ways to help you manage pain

Whether you are young or old, involved in an active lifestyle or a sedentary one, at some point, you are bound to experience pain either in your joints or hands, legs or some other part of your body. However, some people pop the painkiller at the drop of a hat without really realizing the hazardous side effects that may come along with it. What they do not realize is the fact that a human body has not been designed to take the pressure from highly hazardous painkillers. It has its own system of managing the pain and therefore, this problem must be countered in as natural a way as possible. In today’s competitive world, with the stress levels shooting higher every day, besides, other conditions like arthritis, inflammation say from a marathon in Africa or other sporting events cause the pain to linger for longer than needed. However, these natural methods of pain management will ensure that you look after the pain in a healthy and natural way.

1. Massaging: You may not realize it but a 10 minute massage to the affected area can be more beneficial than popping a pill loaded with unwanted substances that can harm your body. It does not matter what you are suffering from, as long as you treat it with a good massage, you are good to go. Studies have revealed that conditions like anxiety, headache, stress, back pain, leg pain and other such conditions have been treated effectively by just a brief massage. The reason for a person feeling good and uplifted is the simple fact that massages release serotonin and endorphins, which play the role of natural pain killers, thus completely eliminating the use of damaging painkillers.

2. Herbal dietary supplements: If you must pop a pill to feel relief after a marathon in Africa, it should be an herbal one. These are made with natural ingredients and are not as harmful as their chemical counterparts. However, you must consult with your doctor, preferably a physician to ensure that you are consuming the right pill.

3. Yoga: You may find it trivial, but Yoga is considered as one of the most powerful forms of relaxation that not only helps you lose weight, but also reduces your stress levels considerably. It involves a variety of poses wherein a person needs to stretch their bodies. These poses release cortisol, which is a stress hormone and induces peace to both the mind and the body. Practising yoga on a daily basis has innumerable benefits, relief from back pain and arthritis being some of them. Therefore, it is a good idea to practice Yoga instead of consuming painkillers, to relieve the pain.

4. Hypnotherapy: It may sound unreal but hypnosis is considered as an outstanding method to relieve the pain naturally. It enables your mind to take control of your body and makes sure that all types of pain, even the ones that are triggered due to psychological or emotional disturbances are managed effectively by this form of therapy. These techniques are not just effective to treat the psychological conditions, but they work great at relieving back pain, headache and also anxiety and stress.

These techniques are highly effective in treating pain in one of the most natural ways. However, what you need to realize is the fact that the simple inclusion of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet can go a very long way in ensuring that any type of pain is contained by your body. Besides, inclusion of certain spices like turmeric or ginger infused in milk can treat sore feet or hands along with other chronic conditions.

This post by Reese Richardson, author of 4 e-books and has covered several events in his articles; from fashion and styling to a marathon in Africa. He loves the freedom and perks of his job and is an avid traveller.