How To Stop Chronic Pain Naturally
It’s estimated that 20.4% of Americans, that’s 50 million individuals, suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain can be caused by an initial injury gone wrong, or poor lifestyle choices and chronic disease causing high levels of inflammation. Injuries and long-term disease states often impact nerves, which can turn into long-lasting and intense pain that severely impacts quality of life.
Common sense would tell us that by treating the underlying issue the chronic pain would stop. Unfortunately, this is not true in all cases. The pain that remains from the damage that’s been done may need its own remedy.
There is a lot of stigma surrounding synthetic drugs prescribed for chronic pain. Addiction and reliance on prescription medicine can be a real concern, especially for people who have had experience with addiction in the past.
We believe, that whenever possible, natural is the way to go! Here are some ways to help you naturally stop chronic pain in its tracks and be able to move easier without worry.
There is a saying that movement is the best medicine and we completely agree. With chronic pain, finding the right movement to heal without hurting can be tough. But starting slow and gently is always the best choice.
No matter what your ailment, taking a modest approach to your chronic pain is a great route. Stretching, yoga, walking, swimming, and exercises that don’t put too much strain on your body are all great ways to get some of your movement back. If you don’t know where to start, do an internet search to find yoga poses or stretches for the area in pain. Do this consistently and start to feel the difference in how you move every day.
In a study done in 2018, it was found that consistent long-term meditation actually transformed the structure of the brain by increasing some of the cortical thickness, making the individual less sensitive to pain. Similarly, practicing mindfulness in everyday life also has been shown to reduce chronic pain.
Meditation can seem intimidating to people who have never given it a try. Sitting in silence and trying to hush your brain doesn’t seem possible! However, meditation and mindfulness really aren’t about stopping your thoughts, but rather focusing on the here and now. It’s about being totally present. It’s about feeling the world around you, how the floor feels under you, how your stomach feels as you breathe in and out, and not letting negative thoughts invade your safe space.
If you need help starting your meditation journey, there are many videos, podcasts, and apps to help you navigate the process and create a consistent habit.
Eating healthily plays a role in all aspects of our life. A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy life. People dealing with chronic pain are often times in pain because of inflammation. In order to combat this, an anti-inflammatory diet may be just what you need.
An anti-inflammatory diet focuses on eating foods that will not inflame and irritate your body. Foods you’ll want to avoid include processed foods, unhealthy oils, and foods with added sugar and sodium. Instead, opt for healthy fats such as oily fish like tuna or salmon and olive oils, and fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, kale, cherries, spinach, and strawberries. Fiber and lentils are also great ways to fuel your body and keep you full throughout the day.
By adding these elements into your lifestyle, not only will you feel healthier, but your body will move easier.