6 Ways To Limit Pain Without Meds
Unfortunately, chronic pain isn’t a stranger to most Americans. According to one study, nearly70 percent of Americans say that they or someone they care for has experienced pain in the previous 30 days.Although there are plenty of over-the-counter and prescription medications offering relief, many have side effects. Any good news? Yes. There are ways to combat pain through natural techniques. They’re certainly worth a try.
MEDITATION: Researchers from the University of Manchester, England, found that people who regularly meditated felt less pain. Scientists suspect it’s the result of meditation’s ability to keep the mind focused on the present, which makes the experience of pain less intense since it removes the emotional reaction to it.
ACUPUNCTURE: This traditional Chinese medical practice involves inserting thin needles into your body to stimulate specific points and regulate the flow of “qi” (vital energy) throughout your body. The practice is widely used for many types of pain, ranging from low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome to osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia.
DIET: By eating a healthy diet, studies show you can you can help to prevent inflammation in your body, a condition that can lead to physical pain in your muscles, joints and tissues over time. Processed and high-sugar foods, trigger inflammation in your body, whereas fruits and vegetables are naturally anti-inflammatory.