Pain is a common occurrence for many people. This can stem from a multitude of causes, such as too much strain on the body, the lack of rest, or even a possible coming flu or cold.
As long as the pain is still something that you can manage, there’s no need for you to immediately run to your doctor. There are still many home remedies that you can try out; going to your doctor isn’t the only recourse. When you get used to managing your pain before seeing a doctor, your body also learns to heal without being over-reliant on medication.
That said, here are some of the tips that can help you along this line:
1. Practice Regular Exercise
When you’re in pain, exercising is going to the last thing that’s going to cross your mind. Naturally, you’re going to feel and think that your pain is only going to get worse. But, the reverse is true.
Gentle exercise and activity can help your body recover from the illness faster. Because it’s only meant to be gentle, this means that you also have to limit your exercise for now.
Types of moderate activity that can help loosen stiff muscles, and therefore speed up your body’s healing process, are the following:
Acupuncture is a common practice done in ancient Chinese medicine. Today, there are many acupuncture clinics and experts that can help provide you with this natural form of treatment. Acupuncture is a type of healing treatment wherein tiny needles are placed on specific points in the body. When placed in the right pressure points, pain is also alleviated; the body heals better.
A word of caution to remember, however, is that some people may react differently to acupuncture. Although generally safe, if you feel any adverse side effects after your session, do seek the medical advice of a family doctor near you immediately.
3. Stress Management
Do stress and depression really have a connection to pain? Yes. There’s a strong connection in the brain between stress and pain.
When you’re always under a lot of stress, your body tends to experience more pain than usual. That’s because stress weakens the body’s immune system and ability to function properly.
If you notice that you’re continually feeling pain, this may also be due to the stress that you experience in life. An excellent remedy to start with is for you to find healthy ways for you to cope with stress. Doing this can help you gain more control in your life for better peace of mind.
The next time that your body is in pain, you may also want to consider having a massage. A regular massage offers therapeutic benefits for the body.
Through the right techniques and areas, it can help relax your muscles and sore tissues. The result? Whatever pain you’re feeling is eased.
Plus, going for a massage is also like having a two-in-one solution. It eases not just your pain, but it also helps you relax after a long and stressful day.
5. Hot And Cold Therapy
Hot and cold therapy are two other relaxing ways to help ease the body of whatever pain is experienced.
Here’s how each of these two work:
- Heat therapy works by applying a heating pad or a heat wrap, or even relaxing in a hot bath to soothe the body and soul. In the process of doing so, the pain is already reduced.
- Cold therapy works through applying ice, a cold wrap, or a cold pack on a flaring and painful joint. Doing this helps slow down the blood flow to a painful joint. Because of this, swelling and inflammation are also reduced, which helps control the pain.
6. Natural Pain Relievers
Today, there’s also an abundance of oils and other natural pain relievers. These oils and other herbs have been used as alternatives for thousands of years already. Today, they’re in use in more comfortable means, such as massage oils and rollers.
Examples of natural pain relievers that can help ease pain are the following:
- Turmeric, when ingested in smoothies, curries, and juices
- Lavender oil, for massaging to help relieve pain and inflammation
- Ginger, can help reduce muscle pain from resistance exercise when taken through a tea
- Rosemary, when applied topically can treat muscle and bone pain
All these said, it’s also important to note that these aren’t meant to substitute medical advice. When symptoms do persist, the most prudent way to go is still to visit a doctor.
The point is to show you that for small, manageable pain, you don’t immediately have to rush to the doctor. There are home remedies that you can do first. Trying out one or all of these tips gives your body a chance to be less dependent on synthetic medication.