4 Natural Pain Relievers

natural pain relievers

4 Natural Pain Relievers

Living with chronic pain can be emotionally and physically exhausting, as your symptoms never seem to take time off.

 

By now, you’ve likely tried all sorts of treatments—but you may not have considered these four little-known natural pain relievers:

 

1. Spur the release of your endorphins

Endorphins are pain-inhibiting hormones that are naturally produced by your body. Endorphins inhibit pain by binding to the opioid receptors in your brain, and they work similar to opioid pain medications like oxycodone or morphine.

Any activity that raises your heart rate for an extended period will spur the release of pain-relieving endorphins into your system. But this raises an obvious problem: how do you exercise if you’re in so much pain? The solution may be to pick a water-based exercise or to get help from the right type of health professional—such as a physiatrist, chiropractor, or physical therapist.

 

2. Take a warm soak

Soaking your body in warm water can help relieve muscle discomfort and many types of arthritis pain. There are numerous options for a warm soak, including a bathtub, whirlpool tub, or a warm pool. Some people find that essential oils or Epsom salts improve the muscle-relaxation benefits associated with a warm soak.

The temperature of your water should be warm and pleasant—especially before bed. Hot water can make it hard to fall asleep by raising the temperature of your body.

If a soak isn’t for you, there are plenty of other heat therapy options for your pain. Try applying an electric blanket or using an adhesive back wrap that provides low-level heat over several hours.

 

3. Keep hydrated

Most people know that drinking plenty of water throughout the day is good for your overall health. But did you know that it may also help with your chronic pain? Drinking enough water can alleviate stiffness, and it also supports your blood flow—which enables healing nutrients and oxygen to reach the various structures of your body. In addition, water helps to flush toxins out of your muscles and other soft tissues, and as a bonus, it can prevent constipation (a side effect of many pain medications).

As a general rule, women need roughly 2 liters of water per day, while men need 3 liters.

 

4. Ease your chronic pain with ice

Ice and/or a cold gel pack can alleviate your pain by reducing inflammation and slowing down your nerve impulses. A great option for cold therapy is an ice massage, which may provide additional relief through the manipulation of your soft tissue.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Begin by freezing water in a paper cup overnight. Once the ice has hardened, you can peel away the top inch of the cup to expose the ice.
  • Lie on your side, and apply the ice in a 6-inch radius around the location of your pain. You can also lie on your stomach and have a partner apply the ice for you.
  • Make sure to limit your ice massage to 5 minutes to avoid possible ice burns.

All of the above natural pain relievers are not prescriptive. Instead, they are intended as options for you to consider as you work in tandem with your doctor to manage your chronic pain.

No single treatment option works for everyone, but try one of the above options today and you might find significant relief from your chronic pain.

 

Originally published on Spine Health


 

If you would like more information about how we can help you with your Chronic Pain issues, please contact us today!

Xcell Medical Group

440-328-8487


fall fitness 7 tips for staying fit

7 Fall Fitness Tips

Don’t fall out of fitness!

 

Whether you spent the summer swimming with your kids, running in races or walking at the local park, exercising outside doesn’t have to end this fall.

In fact, fall is a great time to harvest a new routine to re-energize and also to switch up your current workout and fitness routine.

 

Consider the following fall fitness tips to get you motivated to move!

 

Enjoy the beautiful colors of nature

Fall walk active livingExercising outside doesn’t even feel like you’re doing anything strenuous, especially if you’re doing something you enjoy.

Delight in the cooler weather and take advantage of outdoor adventures before the cold winds of winter start rolling in. Research Metro Park trails nearby to enjoy a walk, hike or bike ride amid this season’s colorful foliage.

Try an outing of apple picking or pumpkin gathering, or take your friends and family out for some seasonal photos. The colors of the trees make wonderful backdrops! Activities like these are sure to burn calories, as well as help, reduce stress in general.

 

Make sure you layer

bundle up for fall fitnessThe fall season, while beautiful, brings about a cooler change in climate.

Since we are in Northern Ohio, temperatures could gradually decrease or drastically dip over the next month. Keep this in mind as you plan outdoor fall fitness activities, both solo and with family and friends.

Consider investing in breathable, moisture-wicking clothing. Though you may feel chilly at first, your body will quickly warm up once your blood starts pumping so you don’t want to overdress either.

For those colder morning runs, a hat will help insulate your head where you lose the most heat.

 

Work out at home

Now that the days are getting shorter and the holiday season is looming, fitting fitness into your daily routine may seem like it is impossible. But remember, even 15 or 20 minutes is enough time to get in a quick workout — a great time for living room aerobics or a quick dash around the neighborhood. Even three 10 minute walks a day equals 30 minutes of exercise!

Be prepared for those brief moments of free time indoors with fitness DVDs or better yet, hit up some of the new paid services online, like Daily Burn or Beachbody. Both offer a free trial!

 

Get the right tools

get the right equipmentFor the most part, you can challenge your muscles with your own body weight and avoid the specialty equipment advertised on TV and the internet. Keep in mind though, some items are helpful to your results and are fairly inexpensive, like hand weights or resistance bands.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy local harvest produce

fresh fall farmers marketGrocery stores and farmers’ markets are full of the fall’s freshest and most delicious produce including apples, figs, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and all different kinds of winter squash. In-season produce is rich in flavor and cheap on your wallet.

Try some savor recipes like butternut squash soup or a root vegetable bake with chicken for healthy meals with your family.

 

 

Weigh yourself regularly

weigh yourself regularlyWith colder weather comes sweaters and bulkier clothes; it is so easy to overlook a few extra pounds through chunky sweaters. Combat this oversight by weighing yourself regularly, preferably at the same time every day to get the most accurate reading.

 

 

 

Most of all, be safe

jogging at nightShorter days bring dark mornings and evenings, but this shouldn’t discourage you from an outdoor exercise regime. Just be smart about your new routine.

Remember to always wear reflective workout clothes and carry a flashlight to illuminate your path.

Bike riders should invest in headlights and blinking tail lights as well as make sure to stay clear of heavy traffic roads. Sticking to the trails this time of year is advantageous, as well as a visual playground with all the beautiful colors.

All early morning or evening exercisers should opt for designated paths or head to their local high school track, if available.

With these great tips and ideas for fall fitness, you’ll be on your way to looking great in holiday photos with your family and friends this year!

 


 

Remember to schedule your appointment with us for any of your aches and pains! We love to help our patients live healthy and pain-free lives! Same day appointments available.

Pain relief today – Health for a lifetime!

Xcell Medical Group

440-328-8487


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