Are you dealing with minor aches and pains?
Your first step is to consult your doctor. While the problem is likely unserious, it never hurts to talk to a medical professional first.
Your doctor may even prescribe over-the-counter and home remedies to relieve your pain.
Here are a few tips and tricks to include in your alternative pain relief medicine cabinet.
1. Simple and Easy Massages
Are you struggling with a stiff neck or sore back?
Your doctor may recommend a range of solutions, depending on the severity of the pain. They may prescribe medication if they feel the pain is severe enough. However, they may prescribe an over-the-counter medicine with physical therapy.
Physical therapy doesn’t use medication to relieve pain. Instead, it helps patients build up lost muscle.
This process relieves pain but also prevents future injuries. Muscle loss increases the risk of falls, rotator cuff injuries, and chronic back pain.
You can also massage your trouble areas at home.
Massaging helps relieve the following types of pain:
- TMJ (jaw pain)
- All back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Hips and joins
- Carpal tunnel
- Foot pain
Like medication, you must massage the pain areas consistently to see results eventually. It may take several weeks, depending on the injury’s severity.
Your muscles may cramp up if you haven’t massaged them in a while. Start with soft, gentle massages to loosen up the muscles.
2. Herbal Teas
Do you struggle with upset stomachs or pain from nerves or anxiety?
Start with a soothing cup of peppermint tea. Teas infused with lavender also have healing properties, according to studies. Lavender has also been used as an antibacterial agent in the past.
Chamomile is another calming alternative. This tea helps soothe pressure from headaches. It’s also gentle enough to be taken with headache relief medicine
Other healing teas include:
- Rose Hip
- Milk Thistle
You can always stir in a bit of cbc tincture for extra healing.
These teas also help with insomnia; melatonin-infused teas too! Lack of sleep actually increases inflammation which produces pain. You also wake up with fewer headaches and muscle stiffness after 8 hours of rest.
3. Try a Healing Diet for Alternative Pain Relief
What you eat can trigger (or relieve) pain, as well.
Remember the earlier point about inflammation?
Fast food is loaded with sugars and fats and not the unsaturated kind. Greasy foods increase inflammation, making everything from digestion to back pain more difficult. Left unmitigated, these eating habits could lead to more severe health conditions like heart disease.
Instead, incorporate more healthy oils and fats into your diet.
You’ll recognize some favorites on this list:
- Salmon and oily fish varieties
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit
- Dark chocolate (in small quantities)
- Dark leafy greens
There are plenty of healing dishes you can make with the above menu. These are great to bring to the gym, as well. Just fill a small Tupperware container with trail mix, dried fruit, and fresh yogurt.
Discover Natural Pain Relief for Yourself
Are you ready to try a new pain management routine?
Talk to your doctor about these alternative pain relief methods. Together, you could come up with a new inflammation-free plan!
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