8 All-Natural Approaches to Chronic Pain Relief
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, chances are you’re frustrated and sick of depending on medicine that only treats your symptoms instead of your ailments. At Back Into Balance, we want you to live the best life possible, and you simply cannot do that when you’re constantly feeling less than 100%. Here are 8 all-natural approaches to chronic pain relief, in order to help you start feeling better NOW!
- Chiropractic care– It should come as no surprise that chiropractic is our number one suggestion to treat your chronic pain. When your spine and nervous system is out of alignment, the entire body suffers. Schedule your visit today so we can help treat your pain at its source.
- Release endorphins- Endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers, as they work by blocking pain signals from reaching your brain. Head outside for a walk, hit the gym, or take up any activity that gets your blood flowing. This will ultimately help alleviate pain, stress, and anxiety!
- Heat therapy– Heat therapy has 2 main benefits: increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area, and suppressing pain signals from being sent to the brain.
- Cool it with ice– Back pain is typically accompanied by inflammation, and ice is the best natural way to reduce it. Ice also serves as a local anesthetic!
- Stretch- Loosening up your muscles can help alleviate chronic pain by increasing the amount of motion your body experiences.
- Go outside- 10-15 minutes of sun exposure a day helps the body produce Vitamin D, and those who get the daily recommended amount of Vitamin D (400-800 IU) experience less pain than those who don’t. In fact, in a study done by the University of Minnesota, 93% of their 150 participants with unexplained sources of pain were deficient in Vitamin D!
- Sleep more- Getting enough sleep is critical to pain management and healing. Here’s a helpful chart from the Sleep Foundation that shows you just how much sleep you need for any age!
- Eat foods rich in resveratrol– Scientists at Rush Medical University showed that this compound blocks the enzyme that is responsible for tissue degeneration, so load up on red grapes, cranberries, and blueberries!