When people need to find relief from pain, their choices are usually either over-the-counter (OTC) medications or the ones that are prescribed by a medical professional. These often come with side effects and contain potentially harsh chemicals. For the people who don’t want anything other than a natural remedy, the options are pretty limited. There are, however, a few options that people can turn to that don’t involve drugs at all.
Heat and Ice
Sometimes applying heat and/or ice is all you need when experiencing joint pain and inflammation. It is a common problem of knowing when to apply one or the other but the general rule of thumb is as follows: If there is inflammation or swelling, you should apply an ice pack directly to the source. This should occur as soon as possible after experiencing a strain injury to a muscle, tendon, or ligament. After the swelling has subsided, however, you should switch it up by applying heat. This will help cut down on any stiffness that accompanies sprains. Cold packs are also effective in the treatment of headaches, whereas heat packs are great for arthritis.
Many people turn to stretching and movement classes in order to stretch out muscles and achy joints. Yoga has been around for 5,000 years and it has many benefits to both the mind and body. As far as pain relief, yoga has been known to treat chronic issues such as back, knee, and wrist pain. It also increases muscular strength and flexibility.
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture works because it releases serotonin, the feel-good hormone. The idea behind acupuncture is to balance out the body’s natural energy pathways known as chi. This is also the term for the universal life energy that exists all around us. The tips of thin, tiny needles are placed under a person’s skin which relaxes the muscles. As a result, pain is reduced both during the procedure, as well as afterward. The placement of the needles is contingent upon the treatment plan by the practitioner, and a number of sessions are usually required to see results. Some ailments that have been treated using this method are migraines, arthritis, and chronic joint pain.