Globally, 1.5 billion people are estimated to suffer from chronic pain. The prevalence increases with age. A recent study found that the COVID-19 pandemic worsened chronic pain in 70% of people.
Chronic pain is typically defined as a condition that has lasted longer than three months, and the condition hasn’t improved or responded to treatment. Even though the source of the pain might have gone, your body hasn’t deactivated the pain messages to the brain. The pain might be linked to an injury, sprain, or conditions like arthritis. It might even be linked to other elusive causes like incorrect sleeping positions or sitting posture. As a matter of fact, the work-from-home module during the pandemic has increased back pains, stiff necks, and joint aches due to lack of activity and wrong posture.
While medications are available easily to deal with pain conditions, many prefer holistic or natural methods to alleviate pain. Others have even found that prolonged use of medication doesn’t offer them the relief they desire, and therefore, they also start looking for natural treatments. The increased dependency on pain relief medication is one of the major side-effects of over-the-counter medication and one that scares many.
So, here are a few natural ways to quickly get long-lasting relief from pain.
1. Massage the Muscles and Joints Using Ayurvedic Pain Relief Oil
Muscular and joint pain is the reality of modern life. While everyone wants to live a pain-free life, pain is unavoidable. But you can get relief by using Ayurvedic pain oil. The pain relief oil is enriched with the goodness of herbal and botanical extracts. Some of the basic ingredients typically present in Ayurvedic pain oil are Ashwagandha, Haridra, Gandhapura oil, garlic, and ginger. All of the ingredients have natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. In addition, it helps in soothing sore muscles, bringing relief to inflamed muscles and joints, and soothes the painful areas.
You can warm the oil a bit by pouring it into a bowl. Then, dip your fingertips and apply the oil to painful areas. Ensure to massage the oil gently for at least three to five minutes, so the oil gets absorbed. As you continue massaging the area, it will increase the blood circulation and numb the nerves to offer instant relief.
Make it a habit to massage the oil regularly. The blood circulation in your body will greatly improve, and you can expect chronic pain to be eliminated as the painful region gets an enhanced flow of blood.
2. Don’t Stop Moving!
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the main reasons your joints and muscles are aching. Everyone needs to exercise, regardless of age. Pain might prevent you from being as active as you should, but you need to keep moving. When you stop exercising, your muscles get weaker, and you might suffer from more pain than before. You need to try and be as active as you can because exercising releases endorphins that boost your mood and ease the pain. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise will do the trick and release endorphins that will reduce the perception of pain in your body.
It is crucial that you follow a well-rounded exercise routine for managing chronic pain. It must include stretching activities and strength training.
Since the pandemic is ongoing and gyms are probably shut, you can exercise at home. Create a dedicated spot where you can practice a few free-hand exercises and stretching activities. You can also practice yoga, which will help you to boost your overall health.
3. Maintain a Balanced Diet
You may not realize this, but eating well can also help decrease pain. The ideal chronic pain diet includes anti-inflammatory foods like colorful fruits, lean protein, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats, and legumes. In addition, if you eat well, your body will get the strength to fight pain.
Omega-3 fatty acids are exceptionally beneficial for inflammatory pain conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. For example, pain from diabetic neuropathy can be eased by eating spinach and broccoli as these food items contain flavonoids, such as ALA (alpha-lipoic acid).
You can ask your healthcare practitioner what your chronic pain management diet should be.
4. Keep a Pain Balm Nearby for Instant Relief
Sometimes, people need instant relief from pain. For instance, when you have a headache, sprain, or you might be sitting in the same position for a long time, and your back starts hurting. In such situations, using an Ayurvedic pain balm will do the trick. The balm has to be applied locally, and it can help relieve pain from various conditions, including injuries, sprains, headaches, shoulder or neck pain, backaches, and even heal chest congestion.
Regardless of where you feel the pain, all you need to do is apply the balm locally. Massage it for a few minutes and let the balm do its magic. Many people prefer Ayurvedic pain balm over the other balms that abound in the market because the ingredients are all-natural. For example, lemongrass, Indian wintergreen, and eucalyptus oil are ingredients that are already known for their soothing, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties. Also, there are no side effects, and you can even forget worrying about allergic reactions.
5. The Hot and Cold Therapy
Ease your discomfort by applying heat to the painful joints. It can loosen stiff muscles, increase blood flow to sore muscles and distract your brain from the pain. You can use a hot water bottle, electric heating pad, gel-filled pad, or take a hot bath to try heat therapy.
Next, you can try cooling down your joints. You can apply a cold compress to your skin over the affected areas, which can help reduce painful swelling and inflammation. It can even slow nerve impulses that can interrupt pain signals.
So, don’t ever let pain dictate your life and stop you from living your life to the fullest. Instead, try these methods and live pain-free.