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Last week, I shared a post offering healthy alternatives for pain relief, rather than reaching for over the counter meds. Read 7 Natural Pain Remedies.
This week I offer, as promised, techniques for calming inflammation and soothing discomfort, with these 8 Pain Relieving Techniques. The remedies rely on alternative health practices that not only reduce pain, but boost general health as well.
Acupuncture is traditional Chinese medicine, used for centuries for health benefits. Long thin needles inserted through the skin at specific points balance the life force, or Qi, that flows through the body.
Acupuncture reduces back pain, relieves neck tension and headaches, and soothes joint pain.
I’ve not experienced acupuncture personally, however I know many who have. They shared positive benefits, after their treatments, including pain relief.
In the Joplin area, check out Aiming’s Acupuncture & Herbs.
At one time considered a luxury experience, massage is now recognized as beneficial for a variety of health reasons. Pain and muscle tension bring many people to a qualified massage therapist, seeking relief.
Massage eases the pain of headaches, fibromyalgia, myofascial discomfort and muscle tension. It is also effective for soft tissue strains and injuries, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint pain and nerve pain. Massage lowers anxiety and stress as well.
Typically a massage lasts for 30 – 90 minutes.
In the Joplin area, check out my amazing friends Margit at Massage Therapy in Motion and Cindy at Therapeutic Massage.
This ancient healing practice is based on the principle that the feet contain reflex points that correspond to the body’s systems, organs and glands. When pressure is applied to the reflexes in the feet it relieves pain and other disorders in the affected area in the body.
Reflexology relieves pain throughout the body, and is especially beneficial for migraines, headaches, neck pain and back pain.
In the Joplin area, try out JJ Relax Station, Chinese Foot Reflexology & Table Acupressure. Or check out this Reflexology Chart and find a partner to exchange foot rubs with!
Essential oils are gaining popularity for improving health and wellbeing, and for good reason. There’s an oil for everything!
Try these essential oils for pain relief of these disorders:
- Lavender – headaches, muscle tension, inflammation
- Marjoram – muscle spasms, headaches, toothache
- Peppermint – muscle spasms, headaches, muscle tension
- Rosemary – joint pain, headaches, muscle soreness, rheumatism
- Arnica – inflammation, swelling
As a general rule, dilute essential oils with a carrier oil, such as coconut or argon oils. Add 15 drops of essential oil to 6 tablespoons of the carrier oil. Massage onto temples for a headache or the affected area for pain relief.
Connect with my friend Marijo for pure, high quality Young Living Essential Oils.
This is an old technique, however it is an effective one. I felt it must be included in the 8 Pain Relieving Techniques as I use it any time my darling left knee gets a twinge.
Icing and applying heat soothes stiff joints, relaxes muscles, eases pain and reduces inflammation and swelling.
Specifically, ice calms injuries and relieves pain, inflammation and swelling. Heat relaxes muscles, increases blood flow, and soothes pain and stiffness.
Use an ice pack or simply a bag of frozen veggies for icing. For heat use a heating pad or a damp towel heated in the microwave or oven. Wrap a dry towel around the ice source and the heating pad or damp towel, to protect skin.
Follow this routine:
- Ice joint or affected area for 10 minutes
- Apply heat for 15 – 30 minutes
- 30 minute break with no ice or heat
- Repeat process 3 times
- Take a 2 hour break
This mind and the body quieting technique eases stress and relaxes muscles, reducing pain caused by tension. Meditation is especially helpful for easing tense muscles in the back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face.
Reducing the inflammation response in the body is another benefit of meditation, which improves pain and calms swelling as well.
Check out my simple meditation to ease pain, relax muscles and improve overall health and wellbeing.
This healing technique taps into the body’s energy field, working at a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Reiki practitioners typically place their hands on or above the affected areas of the body that need a boost or relief from pain, offering energy to the body as needed.
Reiki encourages the body to heal itself, with practitioners serving as vessels through which the energy flows.
Change in Diet
It is essential that I include this last suggestion. I suffered with chronic pain for more than 20 years, after a car accident. During those two decades I saw doctors, specialists, neurologists, chiropractors and pain management doctors, and I spent five years in physical therapy. I tried meds, injections and exercises, and I wore a TENS unit for a year. My condition continued to deteriorate, making walking nearly impossible. Not once did anyone suggest that I change my diet.
Margit helped, with massage and energy work on my left leg. I ultimately discovered, through Anthony William, that my sciatic nerves were severely inflamed due to the shingles virus. A virus can’t be eliminated with antibiotics, steroid injections or pain meds.
It can be starved by eliminating the foods that it feeds on and by supporting the body’s healing abilities with nutrient rich, plant based foods.
To heal chronic pain (and disorders) caused by shingles or Epstein Barr eliminate gluten, dairy products, eggs and sugar, as these foods feed inflammation and viruses.
Eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat, processed foods, canola oil and GMO foods such as corn and soy.
This blog, Journey With Healthy Me, was born from my desire to help people live healthier, more vibrant lives, free from pain and disorders. Read about the beginning of this Journey here.
It’s amazing what that change of diet, which quickly became a lifestyle, did for my health. My chronic pain disappeared. So many other disorders cleared up. It’s an ongoing journey.
When I occasionally experience pain, from a twisted knee or tight muscles or a headache from long hours on the computer, I brew a cup of herbal tea…and try one of the 8 Pain Relieving Techniques.
Do you have natural pain relieving techniques that you use, in place of over the counter meds, pain pills or injections? I’d love to hear about them, in the comments below.
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