Are the Natural Remedies for Pain Relief? I think so! I’ve been searching for months now, as my previous posts suggest. I have nerve pain, joint pain, and yes, muscle pain. Are there natural remedies for muscle pain, joint and nerve pain? Please check out my other posts for various options.
But today I want to talk about what has helped me more than anything so far. And they are completely natural. Three of them take some discipline on your part. You will have to move. My philosophy is that I must take responsibility for my health. So I am committed to do whatever it takes to gain freedom from my pain.
Let’s address the scary one first. Scared of needles? Of the needles hurting you? Of quacks? I understand. My friend spent months denying my suggestions for treatment for his glaucoma, high blood pressure and edema. When I finally convinced him to try it, he saw immediate relief for his edema. He is maintaining a good eye pressure for his glaucoma (he does take medication also), and his blood pressure is improving (he takes medication for that too).
I have been under my acupuncturist’s care for over a year now. Not only does he treat my pain, but he monitors all my health concerns. I strongly recommend this type of treatment as a natural pain remedy. Be sure you get a qualified and honest practitioner! I had to go to 2 others before I found my current doctor.
In fact, if you live in the eastern part of LA county, I highly recommend Dr. Terry Chang. Here’s a link to his Facebook information.
Scientists can’t yet explain why acupuncture works. They say “it helps the body heal itself by activating the self healing mechanism”. They refer to “channels” or pathways that connect nerves and organs. Makes sense to me since we know everything is connected in our bodies. My understanding is the needles stimulate the nerve to heal itself and reduce the pain. There is also the claim that the needles stimulate the nerve to produce a pain relief hormone that is more powerful than morphine. All natural!
Acupuncture has not been a cure. But I feel better after a treatment. I go once a week.
I have two yoga DVDs that I can use in the comfort of my own home and at my convenience. The one that has been most helpful is Gentle Yoga with Jane Adams. Because I am in my late 60s, this program is the perfect workout for me. She introduces stretches that seniors can practice. She moves slowly and gives explicit instructions. Not too hard, but certainly helpful! Definitely a natural muscle and joint pain remedy! I always feel less pain after doing this. And because it is yoga, I find myself calmer, more relaxed and with a positive outlook. Pretty good outcomes; and all natural!
The Complete Healthy Back System; Back to Life Series DVD is a great addition to my program. This woman has had severe pain in her young life and researched until she found these stretches for her pain. I respect her journey and how helpful her stretches have been. Her DVD is The Complete Healthy Back System; Back to Life Series, by Emily Lark. Emily moves fairly fast in her instructions. I recommend you watch each section first before you try them so that you have an idea of what she is talking about.
I combine the Yoga and Stretches. This takes about 1/2 hour for the two segments I chose. Both DVDs have different sections for different parts of your body. My goal is to practice these 5 days a week.
My Physical Therapist told me I must move. If you are like me, that is not easy. My pain is always with me, and when I walk it is at its worst. But then he reminded me that if I don’t keep moving now, in tens years I won’t be able to move. So my choices are; move and experience pain, or not move and not be able to move in a few years. Well, I choose to move.
Fortunately for me I have found those stretches and yoga are gentle enough to not cause pain, and they help me manage the pain. Walking hurts, so my goal is 30 minutes, 3 days a week. The best exercise for me though (until we can go back in the community pools) is riding my bike! When I am on the bike, and pedaling, I have no pain! If only I could like on my bike!
Please try something. You may be surprised at the result. Please leave comments about your experience. You may be helping someone else to manage their pain.
This is an easy fix. You don’t have to move much to practice this option. Apparently music changes our brain and can calm us. It can also distract us from our pain. And you don’t have to listen the just classical for this to happen. Any type of music will do distract you. Searching for music, choosing music and listening to music all help manage our pain. Want further information? Read my post where I claim Music Reduces Pain!
I welcome your comments and questions. I will respond to all. And I hope that you find relief in your pain. Trust me; I know what you are experiencing.
I am not a medical professional, so please contact your doctor before you start any of these recommendations. I do not receive any reimbursement for any of these recommendations. They have simply worked for me and I hope they work for you.
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