Go Natural When Reducing Pain

December 14, 2015

In addition to safer topical OTC medicines like the suite of patch, spray and lotion products from Salonpas®, natural pain relievers may be the answer to helping you become less reliant on prescription or OTC pain pill medication.

Some all natural pain management options include:

Exercise to Release Endorphins – “Exercising 30 minutes a day at least three or four days a week aids chronic pain management by increasing endurance, Untitled 2muscle strength, joint stability and flexibility in the muscles and joints,” says Dave Endres, Physical Therapist, and Co-Founder of SPEAR Physical Therapy in New York City.   “Not only does exercise release endorphins which result in a feel good feeling with less negative effects of stress, but a consistent exercise routine helps control pain. Regular exercise helps a person maintain the ability to move and function physically, rather than becoming disabled by pain.”

Get SocialResearch has shown that the “pain of social exclusion increases physical pain by activating areas of the brain associated with physical pain.” “Surround yourself with a support system and spend time with the people you love and cherish,” says Dr. Francine Lederer, a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles who is an expert on health issues, stress, and mood disorders.  “People need people to survive. Having supportive family members and friends is imperative to healthy living. Sometimes support groups can be especially effective. All people need a sense of purpose in order to lead productive healthy lives.”

gelpatchhot6ctGet Hot – Heat therapy increases the flow of oxygen to the affected area that’s in pain.  “When I have an arthritic day, just using heat – keeping the joint warm – has really been helpful,” says Pam Shriver, the award winning tennis pro and ESPN tennis broadcaster.  “Salonpas GEL-Patch Hot helps too which is a patch that releases capsaicin; the same compound found in chili, cayenne and jalapeno peppers, is a natural odor free pain reliever.”

Celebrate the Outdoors – Whether you are taking a walk by a lake or ocean or a quick stroll in a busy urban environment, being outside can bring relief to your outlook.  If you don’t spend enough time in the sun, for example, you may not be getting enough Vitamin D which is vital for optimal health. Unless your body is at optimal levels, you are opening the door to a host of medical issues including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.

Say OM and Meditate Away Pain – A study published in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology magazine found that five months of daily meditation may help one’s brain stay calm during sudden pain.  The researchers concluded that meditation may not numb people to sudden pain, but it may change how the brain responds to that pain. Read the Salonpas interview with Mario Orsatti, Co-Director of the David Lynch Foundation’s Center for Leadership Performance.

Consider Biofeedback –  Salonpas sat down with Dr. Nancy Just, a psychologist who specializes in pain management to learn more about biofeedback’s role in reducing chronic pain. Learn more here by reading the article about biofeedback’s role in reducing pain.

Make a Point with Acupuncture –  Acupuncture originates from China and is the practice of inserting fine needles through the skin at particular points to relieve pain.  Salonpas interviewed Andrew Heimann, who holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and is licensed to practice acupuncture in three states – New York, Florida and Indiana – about the role of acupuncture in alleviating health issues.  Read more here.

imagesMassage Away Pain – A study of back pain patients demonstrated that massage helped reduce pain and improve function more rapidly than usual medical care in people with chronic low-back pain.  Dr. Kathy Gruver, author of The Journey of Healing, offers more insight on the benefits of massage here.

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