Top Ways to Relieve Pain Without Pills
Pain is something many of us deal with on a daily basis. While the first instinct is to reach for the pain reliever, there are other ways to relieve pain naturally. Here are to top ways to relieve pain without pills:
An ancient Buddhist teaching, mindfulness meditation focuses on teaching the mind to stay in the moment. This is done by focusing on your breath and deep breathing. Headaches, chronic pain and lower back pain have been effectively treated with mindfulness meditation.
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years. To rebalance the flow of the body’s energy, needles are inserted at various pressure points on the body.
A review in the Archives of Internal medicine found that acupuncture helped reduce pain scores in 18,000 adults with neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches or shoulder pain by about 50 percent. While science can’t explain why acupuncture works, one theory is it stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals such as endorphins to reduce the feelings of pain and discomfort.
Acupuncture is often used to treat pain in the shoulders, knees, lower back, neck and shoulders. Osteoarthritis and chronic headaches can be treated as well.
Tai Chi focuses in slow, rhythmic movements, mental focus and controlled breathing. This Chinese mind-body practice has been used to treat fibromyalgia, lower back pain and knee osteoarthritis.
One study found that osteoarthritis sufferers who practiced tai chi 60 minutes a day, two three times per week for 12 weeks felt less achy than those who did not participate in the exercises.
Yoga is an exercise that is designed to build balance, strength and flexibility through a combination of breathing and challenging poses. Studies indicate yoga can help counteract chronic pain by building gray matter in the brain: a study by neuroscientists found that people who practiced yoga for an average of ten years had more gray matter in regions of the brain compared to those who did not. Gray matter is often associated with regulating and increasing tolerance to pain.
Yoga has been used to help strengthen the core, which may help alleviate lower back pain.
According to Mark Ware, MD associate professor at McGill University in Montreal, “cannabinoids bind to special receptors in the brain that are responsible for controlling many physiological systems, including pain." Medical marijuana is often used to treat neuropathic pain (which is often caused by nerve damage) and other chronic pain conditions.
Effective treatment options with cannabis are via pills, oils, extracts or in its whole form.
Over the counter medicine or those prescribed by the doctor are not the only ways to relieve pain, Give these alternate forms of pain relief a try. Your body might thank you.