Looking for Natural Relief of Aches and Pains?

Strength 24_Natural Relief of Aches and PainsMost people experience aches and pains resulting from certain activities from time to time.  Some examples may include driving long distances, sitting for extended periods of time, or overexerting themselves.  Athletes in particular suffer from occasional injuries, such as sprains, that result in considerable discomfort.  Dehydration can also be a major cause of the problems.

For some, though, aches and pains could result from preexisting conditions or microbial infections, e.g. the flu.  More significant pain comes from conditions like arthritis.  The severity of aches and pains varies widely and generally depends on the cause of the problem.

Natural Relief of Aches and Pains

Those dealing with aches and pains have various natural options available to relieve their conditions.  Here are some of the best.

DIY acupressure

Sports massages and acupuncture target knots in the muscles that are referred to as “trigger points”.  Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of Real Cause, Real Cure, says, “You need to apply pressure to the trigger point until you see a light mark from your finger and maintain it for a minimum of 45 second.”  This method can be painful, but it also boosts blood flow to help relieve the muscle.  Those suffering pain in hard to reach spots can apply such pressure by lying on a tennis ball.  They need to roll around on it until they locate the softest spot.  When they find it, they should rest on it for 1-5 minutes, or until they feel the muscle relax.

Music

A French study claimed that pain intensity, especially severe back pain, can be alleviated by listening to music.  Another study, which was published in the Journal of Nursing Studies, found that as many as 50% of cancer patients who listened to music for thirty minutes had their pain reduced by half.  Dr. Teitelbaum attributes the diminished reported pain to the music’s ability to focus the patient’s attention elsewhere.

Raise your magnesium levels

Magnesium deficits cause muscle shrinkage, which can cause severe pain.  With the increased consumption of refined foods, Americans’ consumption of it has dropped nearly 65%.  Foods like avocados, bananas, whole grains, peanuts, and soy are high in magnesium and should be a part of your regular diet.  Another way to get magnesium is by absorbing it through the skin.  Add two cups of Epsom salt to your bathwater and soak for at least twelve minutes several times a week for best results.

Rub on relief

Teitelbaum says that topical ointments can relieve pain by numbing nerve-endings and improving circulation.  Tiger Balm works best for headaches, arthritis and bruises.  The camphor and menthol work with the cooling herbs to immediately soothe aches by obstructing sensors on the pain-fibers.

Get some exercise

A popular medical journal recently published the results of a study that indicated that fibromyalgia sufferers taking hour long tai chi sessions twice weekly for three months noticed considerably less pain.  Walking and yoga are also offer natural relief of aches and pains.  These exercises work well because factors like stress cause the body to produce adrenaline, which tenses the muscles.  These exercises help to relieve that tension and the soreness that comes with it.  Stretching, even for short periods, can also alleviate soreness.

Natural supplements

Natural pain relievers can also help with aches and pains.  Look for those that contain jasmine for best results.

Hydrate

Many aches and pains are the result of dehydration.  Drinking a minimum of four to six glasses of water a day, preferably more, can help considerably, especially for those engaging in strenuous physical activity.

While these approaches should serve to give natural relief of aches and pains, you should consult your doctor if you continue to suffer from consistent, unexplainable pain.

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