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Pain occurs when the normal physiological limits of your body are exceeded due to physical injury or a pathological condition. Nerves within the affected area send impulses to the brain to initiate corrective measures. One of the corrective measures that your body initiates is the release of bradykinin and prostaglandins. Prostaglandins cause pain. Pain may be temporary, as with strained muscles, but pain can also mean that you have a pathological condition that needs medical advice from a medical professional. The good news is that there are some natural ways to relieve that nagging pain. Let’s look at some of the medically recommended natural pain relievers.
Heat, Ice and Cold Water
Heat and ice are the most common natural method of pain relief at home. An ice pack comes in handy in relieving strained muscles, tendons and ligaments, besides preventing swelling and inflammation on the site. This method of pain relief is commonly used in sports to alleviate pain in injured athletes. Interestingly, after using the cold pack and the pain has disappeared, you may use heat on the site to prevent stiffness that comes with the strains and sprains. You can use a cold pack to relieve headaches by placing the pack directly on your head. Placing the cold pack of ice directly on the site of injury will work by constricting your blood vessels hence helping to reduce neurotransmission of pain to your brain.
If you get a first-degree burn that may cause a blister and you’re experiencing excruciating pain, it is advisable to put that burnt hand or finger under running cold tap water to relieve your pain.
For rheumatoid arthritis, apply moist heat to the affected area for pain relief. Moist heat packs can be warmed and used repeatedly, making them easy to use. If you get injured, talk to your doctor for advice about how to best use heat or ice for pain relief.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that cares for a patient’s nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. Chiropractors aid their patients to manage neck and back pains by making spinal adjustments to maintain good alignment. Chiropractic care also helps accident victims by increasing the function of the central nervous system. In America, one of the licensed chiropractors who help accident victims alleviate their pain and return to normal is a chiropractor in Jonesboro GA or your particular locale. Chiropractors in the United States are licensed and work with other medical professionals like physicians, physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice that employs the use of tiny needles in your skin. The source of the needle insertion is related to the source of pain. Acupuncture may relieve pain by causing the body to release serotonin, a feel-good hormone that eases pain. IN THEIR STUDY, Andrew J. Vickers, et al. (2012) established that acupuncture helped relieve pain associated with Osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, and various locations of chronic pain.
Cloves are used to relieve toothache, headaches and as topical pain relievers. Besides being used as herbal medicine and pain reliever, cloves are used to treat other ailments like nausea and colds. The active ingredient in cloves is eugenol. Eugenol is a natural pain reliever used in some over the counter pain rubs. Rubbing a tiny amount of cloves on your gum may help to relieve pain before you get to the dentist. Apply cloves to your gums sparingly because an excess amount can damage your gum. Remember to tell your dentist or doctor about all the herbal medications you have taken to avoid fatal drug interactions.
When people experience a headache, backache, muscle cramps or any other pain, their first impulse is to turn to over the counter painkillers, like Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS). However, these drugs come with complications, such as addiction and stomach ulcers, especially when taken over a prolonged period. The natural ways of soothing your pain discussed above should not be taken as a substitute for your doctor’s prescription. Remember to consult your doctor when your pain persists or when a fever accompanies your pain because this may mean the existence of an underlying pathological condition.