Let’s talk about pain, nobody like to be in pain.
We’re not talking about pain caused by an accident or fight but neck, back, muscle
or joint pain, you know that constant hurting sensation you feel.
Pain can be a good thing, it is our body’s warning system.
It’s there to protect and warn us, it tells us there’s something wrong. It keeps us
from touching the burners on the stove or the hot plate. OUCH!
Anytime there’s pain, you have inflammation.
Inflammation is a rejection of, or a reaction to something. Swelling, bruising and redness
is an indication that inflammation is present and that your body is trying to heal or defend itself.
There are more then 70 million people suffering from some form of pain.
Most of those either go untreated or improperly treated. Pain is a true indicator of your physical
condition. When you feel no pain at all, it indicates that you have no health problem.
Pain is not something you should just have to live with.
There are numerous methods available to relief pain or even eliminate it entirely. The
most important thing to do is get help right away. The old myth about resting when
you have an injury has been revisited, it is now thought that more than two days of rest
can be bad for you as your muscles, ligament, and joint could atrophy.
Not all health care professionals know how to treat pain.
If your doctor is unable to treat you pain ask him or her to consult with a specialist, or
consider changing doctors.
Take control of you treatment.
Ask questions, be part of the plan, speak up if something is not working, get help from
others if necessary, be persistent.
- Flower remedies: You’re probably thinking aromatherapy, but it’s more of a
- Bromelain: bromelain can help remedy joint pain by inducing anti-inflammatory
responses within the body.
- Exercise: I know you’re thinking how am I going to exercise if I’m already in pain.
Exercise is a great way to strengthen the muscles around the joints and increase support.
It also helps to loosen the muscle, a sedentary lifestyle causes your muscles to tighten up
which put more strain on your joints.
- Cayenne: Cayenne contains a substance known as capsaicin which is known to act on
nerve ending to relieve pain when applied topically.
- Glucosamine Sulfate: Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, are natural substances found
in and around the cells of cartilage and are thought to repair and maintenance cartilage,
although more studies are needed.
- Boswellia: Boswellic acids have been shown in studies to provide an anti-inflammatory action
similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. (NSAIDs)
- Moist Heat: Doctors usually recommend moist heating pads instead of dry for treating aches
and pains. Here is how too make your own.
– Take one tube sock.
– Pour 2 pounds of regular rice into the sock.
– Sew the end shut.
– Heat this sock of rice in the microwave for 3 – 4 minutes.
– Apply to the painful area for up to 20 minutes at a time.
Rice absorbs moisture and then gives it off when the sock is heated. If you like you can finish this
off, by attaching Velcro strips to keep it in place around your neck. You can use the same heating
sock for years.
That’s all for now I will add some more tips later. If you have any ideas or suggestions that I haven’t
covered or would like to comment, I’d love to hear from you.
Pierre Schexneider M.Ed.