Pain is no fun and can even be debilitating to the point that you can no longer enjoy activities you once did. Whether you have been suffering with chronic pain for years or you recently injured yourself, you may want to consider trying out natural methods before opting for expensive and invasive surgery. Of course, if you are in severe pain, you will want to seek medical attention immediately to avoid further injury. Here are some nonsurgical options to think about.
1.Give Your Body a Chance to Heal
Sometimes, you can greatly improve your symptoms if you slow down, get plenty of rest and avoid activities that cause you pain. Perhaps, in your job, you often use the body part that’s causing you pain. Look for other ways to complete task that place minimal to no stress on the body part.
Or you may have a job that allows you to sit at a desk all day, but sitting for long periods serves to cause you more pain. Instead of sitting in a chair all day, get up periodically or consider a standing desk.
Also, when people ask you to help move heavy items or do other activities that will place a strain on your body, politely decline. Your body needs time to heal, and it won’t if you keep using it.
2. See a Chiropractor
Chiropractors can treat all kinds of pain, chronic or otherwise, such as musculoskeletal pain, neck pain, whiplash and migraines. They treat pain holistically, seeking the main cause of your pain.
And if you’ve been injured in a car accident or other accident, it’s important to set up an appointment as soon as possible. This is true even if you aren’t experiencing much or any pain. Pain can take weeks to fully develop in some cases. And waiting to schedule treatment, according to the professionals at County Line Chiropractic in Lauderhill, can possibly result in long-term damage.
3. See a Physical Therapist
You can opt to see a physical therapist only or you can combine physical therapy with other methods, such as chiropractic care and natural pain management. Physical therapy can help rehabilitate and strengthen areas that are causing you pain. It’s important to understand, however, that you will need to make a commitment to any type of care you opt for. If you try something only once or twice, you cannot expect to get the pain relief you’re seeking.
4. Opt for Natural Pain Management
While some people may have a need for prescription pain management, such as after a serious surgery, there are various options for natural pain management that are non-addictive and will allow you to avoid unpleasant side effects of prescription pain meds, such as hallucinations or gastrointestinal issues.
Consider these natural anti-inflammatories as an alternative to more harsh prescription options. Note that pairing these natural anti-inflammatories with an anti-inflammatory diet (such as no sugars and limited alcohol) would likely give you the best overall results.
- Turmeric: If you stay updated on healthy eating and living, chances are you’ve at least heard about turmeric. Turmeric is derived from the root of a plant native to India. It’s used both in culinary applications, as well as an anti-inflammatory supplement.
- Ginger: Derived from another plant, ginger is used to reduce inflammation in the kidneys and colon and reduce the effects of diabetes.
- Fish Oil: If your pain stems from your neck or back, you may benefit from taking a fish oil supplements. Studies have shown that taking 1200 mgs of fish oil each day can eliminate the need for pain medication in as little as 2.5 months.
If you are taking any prescription medications, you’ll want to consult with your doctor first to be safe. Let your doctor know which supplements you are considering taking, and ask if there is any chance of a negative interaction between the supplements and your current prescription regimen.
5. Try Meditation
If you have nagging pain that bothers you from time to time, you may want to try meditating. Or you may want to try meditating in combination with the other natural healing methods listed here. Meditating has been proven to help reduce pain so you can be your best you. It also has the benefits of lowering depression and anxiety.
Simply practicing a mindful mediation for at least 15 minutes per day can help you reduce your pain in just a few sessions. And the best part is that there are countless free mediation mindfulness guides online that you can find right now.