According to a survey conducted by US National Library of Medicine, at least one-third of Canadians suffer from chronic pain making it difficult for them to work and enjoy their social lives. Most people suffering from constant, lingering pain take two actions: ignore it or regularly intake painkillers.
However ignoring this pain or depending completely on painkillers to deal with it can have long term negative consequences on your health. Instead consider opting for natural pain relief methods like massage therapy, physical therapy and Yoga. These alternative ways of providing natural pain relief not only help you find a long term solution to this ailment but also benefit your body and mind.
Here are 5 remedies for natural chronic pain relief to help you deal with the pain better:
Massage is an effective technique for natural chronic pain relief. Getting a massage from a physiotherapy expert reduces the stress levels in your body and promotes the release of feel-good endorphins like dopamine. It is also really beneficial for people suffering from conditions like back pain, osteoarthritis and headaches and a highly recommended procedure to provide pain relief, post surgery. Book a massage session with a certified Physical Therapist (PT) or get one right at the comfort of your home with options like Mobile Massage therapy.
The idea of having needles inserted in your body may seem trite but is an effective to provide pain relief. Acupuncture is an age old medicinal practice which is beneficial even in this modern age. The process of acupuncture includes the insertion of needles into specific parts of your body to improve the function of your nervous system as well as lessen the chronic pain. Visit a qualified PT today to know more about it.
If the constant pain is dragging you down, then Kinesio taping might be just the right solution for you. Kinesio tape is an adhesive tape which mimics the elasticity of the skin and is applied longitudinally to provide pain relief. This tape can be used for treating headaches, joint injuries and chronic muscle pain. Kinesio taping by a professional therapist also prevents injuries like an ankle sprain, knee or shoulder pain while running or performing other athletic activities.
Strength training essentially focuses on strengthening your core muscles and improving your balance. Since having a weak core adversely affects the muscles in your lower back, strength training can help in preventing injuries and relieving chronic pain. Start this training by bracing your core muscles as they are the basis of your strength.
The two best exercises for building your core strength are pushups and front squats. Do these exercises regularly to build your muscle mass as well as core strength. If you experience any difficulty while doing these exercises, try our activity specific exercises under the guidance of our certified physiotherapists. Consult our experts to learn more about it.
There is more to yoga than just ‘ohm’ and pretzel-like postures. It is essentially useful for people suffering from lower back pain, arthritis, and migraines. It is an effective stress-coping mechanism that relieves pain. Try doing Yoga thrice a week with an instructor to manage your stress levels and tone your body.
Keep in mind these exercises for natural chronic pain relief to make your life easier. To learn more about the causes of chronic pain and long term ways to get rid of it, consult our physiotherapy experts today.