April 2013- Natural Pain Management

Natural Pain Relief Pain is a mechanism our bodies use to draw attention to a problem. Pain signals us to attend to its underlying cause. Every person feels and reacts differently to pain. It can stem from centers that control certain areas of the body, and from local areas that demand pinpoint action.

There are different kinds of pain: physical, emotional, chronic, local, intermittent, throbbing, dull, spasmodic, sharp, shooting, etc.

Pain can be your body’s best friend. It alerts you when something is wrong and needs your attention. It identifies the location, severity, and type of problem, so that you can treat the right area.

Pain can also be your body’s worst enemy. Constant pain saps strength and spirit, causes irrational acts and decisions, and alters personality. Pain killers allow you to think clearly, work and live, while addressing the problem. Be aware that strong pain killing drugs afford relief by masking pain or deadening certain body mechanisms.

For many people, natural therapies are superior to drugs and their side effects. Herbal pain managers have broader actions than analgesic drugs. They work at a deeper level, to relax and soothe, letting you use pain’s information about your body, yet not be overwhelmed by the trauma.

Are you in pain?

Many Americans struggle with daily pain from arthritis, headaches, backaches, menstrual cramps, repetitive strain, or chronic illness. Taking high doses of anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin can cause serious damage to the gastrointestinal tract, even bleeding ulcers. Natural muscle relaxers help combat pain and discomfort, naturally, without the side effects and risks of these drugs.

Did you know your diet is a key to fighting inflammatory reactions?

The right foods can also go a long way towards reducing inflammatory reactions. Diets high in sugar and hydrogenated oils with little or no fresh foods ignite inflammation by impairing immune response, taxing enzyme stores and imbalancing prostaglandin (hormone-like chemicals) production.

For chronic problems, natural pain relievers work best used with a natural foods diet, high in body balancing fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods high in EFA’s (essential fatty acids) like seafoods and sea vegetables. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic activity helps break the pain-spasm cycle so you are free to live your life again.

Yoga for Chronic Pain Relief  

Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), people seeking relief from chronic pain are using a variety of Complementary and Alternative (CAM) therapies, including yoga.

A 2007 National Health Interview Survey cites back pain as the most common reason for using CAM, followed by neck pain, joint pain/stiffness and arthritis.  Current CAM research shows that yoga tailored to meet an individual’s pain condition may reduce low-back pain and improve function.  One NCCAM-funded study of 90 people with chronic low-back pain found that participants who practiced Iyengar yoga had significantly less disability, pain, and depression after 6 months. Another NCCAM study of adults with chronic or recurring low-back pain suggested that practicing yoga for 12 weeks resulted in better function (defined as the ability to walk and move) for them than typical medical care.

Gentle hatha yoga may be another option for pain relief for individuals with fibromyalgia, a condition in which pain is a prominent factor.  A small study published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy found that participants practicing carefully modified standing and seated yoga poses, nostril breathing and guided imagery experienced some form of symptom relief.

Yoga can be an important part of a CAM treatment plan for individuals suffering from chronic pain.  The style of yoga and poses should be modified to address the individual’s condition, symptoms and abilities and should be directed by a certified yoga instructor, therapist or health care practitioner with experience in using yoga as part of treatment plan for chronic pain.

Sources: Archer, Shirley,  JD, MA, “Two Mind-Body Practices Benefit People with Fibromyalgia”, IDEA Fitness Journal, March 2013. Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, “Chronic Pain and CAM: At a Glance”. . Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, “Yoga for Health: An Introduction”. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/yoga/introduction.htm.

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Following a healthy detoxification program a few times a year is one of the best ways to stay well in the modern world. Every day, Americans are exposed to synthetic, often toxic chemicals on an unprecedented scale. Industrial chemicals and their pollutant run-offs in our water, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, drug residues, and environmental hormones are trapped within the human body in greater concentrations than at any other point in history. More than 25,000 new toxins enter our environment each year.

We are all affected by the environmental toxins and stresses present in our world, and we all make unhealthy life choices now and again. Over periods of time, the toxic burden catches up to us. A detox program helps clean out the chemical toxins, drug residues, and collected waste matter trapped in our bodies.