In this fast paced world of ours, we can all feel as though our days are getting busier and busier. Meetings, deadlines, homework to help with and school recitals to attend... Cram in a work out, cooking and trying to get a decent night’s sleep and there goes your day! It doesn’t take much to throw us off our game – a misplaced step here, a twinge there. When it happens, it can become particularly stressful. Now, not only do you need to worry about staying on top of everything, you also need to bear the pain as well.
We’ve all experienced pain at some points in our lives.
Regardless of whether it’s an ongoing ache or more acute, we think we can all agree that being in pain is a pretty miserable experience.
It can take a toll on your sunny attitude, impact the quality of your sleep, and make it harder to think during the day. So, what’s to be done about it?
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may want to explore some natural alternatives for pain relief. Here are some of our favourite methods, and some herbs you may not realise can help support pain relief!
Natural Pain Relief Options You Can Try Today
Heat or Ice
If you have recently injured yourself, try using an ice pack in order to help reduce the swelling. Heat can also help you to naturally relieve your pain, especially when it comes to joint and muscle pain. You may wish to try a wheat pack, or have a nice hot bath.
For soft tissue damage, massage may be beneficial in helping to relieve your pain. It may help you to manage a little better - visit an accredited remedial massage therapist, or perhaps your partner could try gently massaging the area for you.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries as a natural method for relieving and managing pain. A traditional Chinese practice, acupuncture works by placing tiny needles gently into specific points along your skin. If you would like to explore acupuncture, speak to an acupuncturist today.
In addition to these methods of helping to relieve pain, there are a number of different complementary medicines that may assist in times of aches, twinges and spasms.
Complementary Medicines That May Help to Relieve Pain Naturally
Research has shown omega-3 fatty acids have natural anti-inflammatory actions. There are plenty of omega-3 products available - pop into your local pharmacy and discuss the options available to you with your pharmacist.
White Willow Bark
Used as a herbal remedy for hundreds of years, White willow bark has been traditionally used in Western Herbal Medicine to help relieve pain and inflammation.
Derived from Tumeric, Curcumin has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to help relieve digestive disorders and enhance wound healing, as well as more modern research showing it can be useful as an anti-inflammatory.
Chili contains the constituent capsaicin, which when used topically can produce an anesthetic effect, as well as acting as an anti inflammatory.
Used traditionally in Western herbal medicine, Arnica Montana may help to relieve symptoms of soft tissue trauma including bruising, swelling and strains. Arnica may also help to provide symptomatic relief of sprains and sore, aching muscles - ideal for all you sporting-fanatics out there. Additionally, Arnica products may be used to help relieve painful joints associated with mild arthritis.
These are just some of the many herbs and methods you can try to help naturally relieve and manage pain. While you may be looking for a quick fix, it's important to take the time to find out whether what you're planning on doing, or taking, will be the right way to help your condition. Before taking any new herbs, or trying any new pain relief methods, pay a visit to your local healthcare professional and ask them about natural ways to help relieve your discomfort. They'll help to point you in the direction that's best suited to your needs.
Help Avoid Future Pain
While it may be as painful as a sprain to admit, as we get older, we may not be able to do the things we used to do. You may need to swap the rugby with soccer, or leave the DIY work to the professionals. It doesn't mean you can't keep doing what you love, it just means that you might need to take a look at how you injured yourself, so you can figure out how to avoid doing it again.
There are lots of options available to you - so don't be afraid to shop around until you find something that works for you.
Did you find this article helpful? If so, you may find these articles beneficial:
Better Health Channel May 2019, Pain and Pain Management - Adults, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pain-and-pain-management-adults
Maroon, J C, Bost, J W, Maroon, A 2010, Surgical Neurology International, "Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Pain Relief", https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3011108/