Chronic and acute pain in the United States is as high as it has ever been. It is estimated that 20% of all adults experience chronic pain, while nearly 8% suffer from life-changing chronic pain issues. Over 55% reported dealing with some type of pain over the last three months. Given the number of people experiencing chronic pain, natural pain management is the best long-term solution for this problem.
Using natural pain management helps you avoid the side effects of pharmaceutical drug use. In addition to the numerous unknown chemical reactions any prescription could have with your body, there is also the concern of developing comorbid conditions that need additional medications.
Without a doubt though, the most horrible tragedy within the pharmaceutical industry is the ongoing opioid crisis. Anything a person can do to avoid taking these types of treatments is something worth trying.
What supplements help with pain?
CBD Products for pain relief
CBD oil and topical creams are becoming a popular method of managing chronic pain. As more countries and regions legalize hemp for medical use, more people have the opportunity to give this natural form of medicine a chance.
Unlike marijuana, which produces a euphoric “high” due to the THC content, CBD products have less than .3% THC, a nearly undetectable amount. CBD has just the therapeutic and healing cannabis properties and none of the psychedelic properties.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Plants for pain management
Some vitamins are particularly helpful at targeting certain types of pain issues. Vitamin C is beginning to be linked with general pain relief more and more, tiger’s claw has specific properties to aid in lower back relief, and fish oil helps to lubricate our joints, reducing grinding and stiffness.
Essential Oils and Fragrances for managing chronic pain
Some people find success with essential oils that can be applied to different parts of the body. Sleeping with lavender or jasmine plants in the room can also help with some minor aches and pains.
Natural Chronic Pain Relief
Yoga for chronic pain management
For people who enjoy meditation and physical activity, yoga for chronic pain is often at the top of their lists. It not only offers a number of techniques to strengthen your core, upper and lower back, as well as the rest of your body, it improves balance, blood pressure, and flexibility. And that’s not to mention the mental and emotional benefits that go along with a yoga practice.
Daily Stretching and Light Exercise
This is one where your scope of activity will vary depending on your pain levels. Consult with your doctor or a general practitioner before starting any type of fitness or exercise regimen when you are suffering from significant pain. Working with a yoga therapist or personal trainer experienced in chronic pain can help you create a fitness routine that works for you.
Regular Massages for pain relief
One final option that you may have as a way to manage and treat your pain professional massage. There is also the option to have one come to your home. This is something you might also want to experiment with since each person’s pain is different. Explain to them what the pain is and where it’s located, and let them offer their opinion as to the length and pressure of the massage.
If you are trying to figure out what methods or techniques will work best for you, start with experimentation. Experimenting with combinations of methods might be the trick to making them work for you. Take one supplement and choose one physical activity. Know that many people have used natural remedies to manage and relieve their pain, and it can work for you too!
This is a guest post from Madison Adams. Madison Adams is a beauty and lifestyle blogger who is just as focused on her next lavender latte as she is on writing. Using her psychology degree, she likes to draw on human insights to make her writing (and life) more impactful. When she’s not writing, Madison can be found being walked by her giant labradoodle, Grover.