6 Ways to Gently Combat Chronic Pain Naturally

I’ve been managing chronic pain for over two years now. I’m not averse to seeking medical treatment, including medications, to treat symptoms, as well as root causes.

But, as anyone with chronic conditions knows, there are times when they flare up despite utilized therapies and popping another pill may not be feasible or practical.

At least one person in almost half of the households in the United States suffers from chronic pain. Of these people, 78% are unsatisfied with their pain-control medications and are willing to try other treatments either in concert with or to replace those medications.

We all know that ignoring pain in the early stages can lead to chronic and sever pain. And most of us understand the food, activities, sleep, and stress that triggers a flare-up. Many of the following practices have allowed me to step back and observe which of my activities and habits, beyond what I already know, contribute to the problem. And I have started to undo pain naturally, a the root.

Diet

Increasing foods that heal into the a diet already helping to manage pain can help immensely. Replacing processed sources of sweet, salty, and sour with natural sources in addition to warm, moist, and mildly-spiced foods for a month can reveal next tier trigger foods that may have been missed on an earlier elimination diet.

Herbs

To reduce inflamation: tumeric and ginger
To reduce tension-induced pain: valerian, chamomile, passionflower, and hops
Including these together are often helpful since chronic pain is often a combination of inflamation and tension.

Aromatherapy

Rosemary and thyme have been shown in studies to increase blood flow to muscles, while peppermint acts as a pain reliever.

Systemic Relaxation

Doing 10 minutes of focused breathing into an area that is painful while in Sivasana can reduce spasms and relieve tension in the area. This is especially useful while waiting for medication to work. Visualizing the treatments bringing reduced swelling and pain relief to the area can also feel soothing.

Massage

Massage relieves tension, mobilizes joints, increases circulation thereby mobilizing toxins and relaxes the body and mind. It’s important to communicate with the person giving a massage on the amount of pressure to encourage healing.

Gentle Asana

Often when I’m sore, the last thing I want to do is stretch. But contracting and relaxing muscles very gently relieves stagnation and moves toxins that increase pain. Even a few minutes of gentle, slow stretching every morning or night will make a huge difference in pain management.

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See you tomorrow for Nablopomo.
NaBloPoMo November 2014

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