But it hurts! Alternative to painkillers

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Our medication-oriented culture promotes both over the counter and prescription, often highly addictive painkillers as the number one solution to physical pain.

What are some alternatives to painkillers that are safe and non addictive?

 

Below is a list of proven and natural alternatives you may want to try.

REST: The easiest and most common remedy for pain. Allows the body to heal naturally

STRESS REDUCTION: Stress can trigger and worsen pain. Studies show that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues: the more anxious and stressed people are, the more tense and constricted their muscles are, this causes over time the muscles to become fatigued and inefficient.

HEAT: American Pain Society report that patients rate hot and cold therapy higher than pain killers for consistent relief. A hot water bottle works – applied 48 hours after an injury

ICE: Keep a gel pack in the refrigerator; apply to affected area for 20 minutes or less, repeating as needed

EXERCISE: Releases endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. Examples of exercise include yoga, tai chi, positive visualization, deep breathing and meditation; the right exercise actually helps prevent future injuries as you grow stronger

POSTURE: focusing on alignment in the body, as well as posture that supports organized alignment helps in pain relief of many parts of the body including back, neck, head, shoulders

FISH OIL: A natural anti inflammatory containing two essential omega-3 fatty acids regarded by medical practitioners as among the most effective ways in preventing body pains. It keeps the inflammatory pain under control

VITAMIN D: Often called the “Sunshine Vitamin” Helps those with long-lasting aches and pains and is broken down by the liver and kidneys to form an active chemical that actually functions as a hormone which ensures your body absorbs enough calcium to have strong, functioning bones

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