6 Natural Ways To Manage Pain

October 29, 2015

PAIN is one of the most common feeling, sensation, or experience that people share; regardless of race, religion and color. But unlike emotional pain, physical pain is caused by a wound or an illness, which severity varies depending on the condition of the sufferer. 

2 Common Types of Pain

There are basically 2 types of pain that people commonly experience.

Acute Pain. A type of pain that comes on all of a sudden, but has a limited duration. It is often caused by an injury to tissue like organs, muscle, bone, and the attack is often comes with anxiety and emotional torment. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) says that, “When acute pain is left untreated, it could lead to chronic pain.”

Chronic Pain. This type of pain lasts longer than acute pain. It is linked to long-term health issues like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and nerve damage among many other illnesses. It is quite resistant to medical treatment. According to Drs. Ann Myers and Angela Koestler, authors of Understanding Chronic Pain, “Chronic pain disables more people than cancer or heart disease.”

Both types of pain can reduce function and quality of life, especially when they occur on a regular basis. Back pain, muscle pain, neuropathy, and carpal tunnel are just one of the most common acute and chronic pains that many individuals experience. The question is, how should one manage his or her pain? How would you manage chronic pain?

6 Simples Way To Manage Pain Naturally

  1. Keep yourself hydrated. Mayo Clinic thinks that, “Dehydration may aggravate the symptoms of some chronic conditions, like headaches and back pain. Although it may be tempting to load up on coffee, soda, or juice, their diuretic effect makes them poor sources for hydration. Water keeps you hydrated without the extra calories, sodium, or caffeine.”
  2. Make changes in your diet. Any easy-to-digest food can reduce inflammation. These foods are, but not limited to leafy greens; low sugar fruits like cranberries, pineapple, plums and cherries; soy products and food rich in omega-3 fatty acids. At the same time, some food should be removed from your diet like wheat products; processed foods; dairy; chocolates; soda, tea, coffee, and red wine; nightshade vegetables like eggplant and tomatoes; eggs; and high-fat red meat. 
  3. Consume turmeric. Either you add it to your meals or to your tea, turmeric could treat your chronic pain with its anti-inflammatory properties. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine expounds that, “Turmeric increases ligament flexibility and boosts the immune system.”
  4. Engage in yoga and meditation. The Mayo Clinic reports that, “Yoga promotes both strength and flexibility while calming the mind and decreasing stress. This centuries-old practice offers a method of stress reduction that can help those suffering from chronic pain.”
  5. Use topical pain reliever. Check the back label to see the list of ingredients. This should be made with natural ingredients.
  6. Talk about your pain.Sometimes it helps when you share your pain with others. The American Psychological Association talks about the benefits of psychotherapy for chronic pain. And what they say is, “The goal for patients is to improve their quality of life by getting better sleep, and reducing stress. Psychotherapy alone may not eliminate your chronic pain, but it can be effective in managing it.”