We all suffer from pain occasionally, whether it’s a headache, menstrual cramps, arthritis or an injured limb. Occasional pain is manageable, but what about chronic or recurrent pain? If you suffer from chronic or recurrent pain, it’s important to consult with your healthcare professional and get a diagnosis and treatment plan. Once you know what’s going on, perhaps you will be interested in natural, everyday things you can do to help minimize chronic pain and even improve your health along the way. Here are some natural pain relievers you might not know about:
Reclining. Make sure you have an office chair that allows you to recline backward slightly instead of sitting up perfectly straight or slouched forward. This position takes pressure off of the muscles, ligaments and tendons that support your upper body. If you can’t adjust your chair, roll up a towel or strap a lumbar pad to your chair to create the same effect.
Don’t sit for too long. If you have a desk job, it’s very difficult to remember to take regular stretch-and-walk breaks. But to minimize the chances developing or exacerbating stiff, strained muscles and joints, it’s essential that you take these breaks. Set a timer on your computer or phone to go every 30 minutes to remind you to get up and move. Take a bathroom break, get a cup of coffee, file papers, etc. Even moving around for just 60 seconds each time stretches and loosens tight muscles.
Smell some lavender. According to Hyla Cass, MD and author of Eight Weeks to Vibrant Health, “When this aroma reaches the brain, it stimulates production of calming, pain-soothing alpha waves.”
Try some meadowsweet tea. Meadowsweet tea is rich in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. But it won’t upset your stomach like aspirin as it contains a unique blend of stomach-soothing mucilage and tannins that prevents the common side effect of an upset stomach. You can find meadowsweet tea in most health food stores.