The stresses your daily life puts on you can affect your back, neck, and limbs, resulting in excruciating pain and limited range of motion. If you suffer from chronic pain, you could benefit from some natural pain-relief options to help release muscle strain and suppress inflammations. Here is a look at easy pain-relief strategies that can supplement your pain medication and hopefully help manage and reduce your pain.
Try heat and massage therapies
Applying a hot water bottle or electric heating pad on your ailing joints can go a long way in loosening up strained muscles and giving you some pain relief. Alternatively, try soaking in a hot bath for an hour to ease your pain or wear a heat wrap underneath your clothes if you need to remain mobile.
Heat therapy basically works by soothing inflamed areas so as to suppress the signals of pain while causing veins to dilate and increase the flow of blood—which carries nourishing oxygen and nutrients—to your injured or strained soft tissue.
Massage therapy can also be quite effective at managing chronic back or neck pain by helping to improve blood circulation, relax the body and reduce your perception of pain. Chiropractic services and massage therapy involves hand and finger pressure to manipulate injured soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments so as to help stimulate healing and get tight muscles to loosen up. More relaxation results in reduced inflammation, allowing you to move ailing joints and experience less pain.
Get some physical exercise
Getting some exercise can be very effective in making you feel relaxed and reducing chronic pain in your joints and muscles. Physical activity gets your blood pumping and in the process spurs the increased production of pain-relieving endorphins into your system.
These endorphins typically block pain receptors in your brain, giving you a profound feeling of pleasure and relief. To avoid aggravating an injury, stick to light activity such as slow walks or yoga. Exercise can help build up your muscle strength, which aids with recovery.
If you suffer from excruciating back or neck pain that rules out the possibility of rigorous exercise, talk to a chiropractor about trying out water therapy. This endorphin-producing exercise is usually done in warm water, which serves to soothe injured tissue while supporting your body weight so you can comfortably stretch ailing joints and muscles to build up their core strength and increase mobility.