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How Can You Relieve Pain Without Drugs?

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Conventional treatments for pain relief include physical therapy, medication and steroid injections. However, long-term use of acetaminophen medications may cause kidney disease, leaky gut disease, gastrointestinal bleeding and liver damage, while opioids can cause psychological problems. The most efficient form of treatment may be a lifestyle change.


These five steps are recommended for effective, long-term use of chronic pain management:


1. Dietary Changes


Inflammation is the cause of most pain. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet can have a dramatic effect on pain levels. Processed foods that are high in refined sugar and carbohydrates are responsible for causing inflammation that results in damaging pain. Eating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables helps reduce inflammation by boosting your levels of antioxidants, which are needed to remove toxins from the body. Focus on omega three fatty acids to help reduce inflammation, such as wild salmon, flaxseed, and chia seeds, and be sure to avoid inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten, and refined carbohydrates.


2. Manage Stress


Finding healthy ways to reduce stress is an important part of reducing inflammation and pain. Muscle tension occurs as a result of unmanaged stress. While stress cannot be avoided, it can be managed in healthy ways, such as the use of yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, and low-impact exercise.


3. Maintain Proper Sleep Habits


The body recovers from injury during sleep; therefore, it is important to develop a healthy sleep routine. Turn off electronics two hours before bedtime and focus on relaxing nighttime activities instead, such as taking a warm bath or reading a book. Go to bed at the same time every night and try to wake up at the same time every day to create a healthy routine. Spend a few minutes meditating first thing in the morning or right before bed at night to calm the mind.


4. Move More


Exercise does not have to be strenuous to be effective. Physical activity is a critical part of treating pain. It causes the muscles and joints to loosen up and become more flexible. Check with your doctor about what exercises are best for your condition and start slow. Be sure to incorporate stretching into your routine to heal and recover properly.


5. Try Acupuncture


Acupuncture may help relieve pain and inflammation by pinpointing particular regions in the body. Be sure only to see a professionally training expert for acupuncture sessions and tell him or her about any medications you are taking as acupuncture may negatively impact them.

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