Take Charge of Your Health and Life, by Learning about Natural Pain Relief Methods

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

March 1st, 2011 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

Take charge of your health and life, by learning about natural pain relief methods. Because if you’re living with chronic pain, there’s a good chance that you’re bouncing around from doctor to doctor, desperately seeking help, but ending up in even more frustration and despair.

In fact, odds are that you’ve gotten a number of treatments that haven’t worked, or worse yet, that have harmed you further. Plus you’re probably caught in a cycle of dependency, always scrambling to get an appointment with a specialist who has a schedule backed up for months.

Sound familiar?

You can get off the healthcare hamster wheel and take charge of your body and life, by learning about natural pain relief methods. They don’t need to replace your conventional medical care, mind you, but they can most certainly improve your care, by boosting your overall health and wellness, and therefore, immune system; by decreasing the inflammation causing or exacerbating pain in your body; and by offering you the comfort of having pain relief at your disposal 24/7, 365 days a year.

Here are five examples of natural pain relief methods that might work for you. Wherever possible, consult with a complementary or alternative medicine practitioner, to get advice on how to best mix and match these and other methods, to optimize the impact on your body.

1. Dance for natural pain relief:

The basic idea is that you move what you can, in a way that feels good. Always stay within your pain-free zones, even if that means you just dance in your imagination! Studies show that the nervous system responds to imagery the same way it responds to actual movement, so the dance won’t be “all in your head.” Check out Dancing with Pain videos for pointers, by clicking the link above or the “media” tab on the menu.

2. Gentle exercise for natural pain relief:
Slow walking, tai chi, qi gong, restorative yoga, and easy biking are all examples of some low-impact exercises that will get your blood circulating and your endorphins activating, without triggering pain. Make sure you find the movement that is right for your body and condition! There is no one-size-fits-all movement for people in pain.

3. Anti-inflammatory Diet for natural pain relief
Many pain conditions are caused by inflammation, so by decreasing inflammation in the body, chances are that you will reduce pain too. In addition, anti-inflammatory foods happen to be super healthy regardless, so you will be doing your body good when you emphasize foods and spices like dark green leafy vegetables, salmon, walnuts, and turmeric.

4. Anti-inflammatory Supplements for natural pain relief
Supplements offer an even higher concentration of the anti-inflammatory goodies found in the diet listed above. MSM and Omega 3 fish oil are two examples of supplements that have done wonders for my own body. Again, it may take some experimenting to find the supplements that work best for you.  Also, make sure that all your healthcare providers are aware of the pharmaceuticals and supplements you are taking, to ensure there are no contraindications.

5. Meditation and guided imagery for natural pain relief
In mindfulness meditation, the neuronal firing is calmed, thus lowering the pain sensation felt in the body. In guided imagery, new neuronal pathways are facilitated – specifically, those associated with pleasure – essentially transporting the brain’s activity to a pain-free zone.


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