5 Simple and Easy Ways to Help Relieve Pain Naturally

Everyone has experienced pain at one point or another. Whether from an injury, recovering from surgery or just general aches and pains. And living in pain is definitely not fun. 

Here are 5 ways to help alleviate pain, naturally and simply.

1. Turmeric

This curry spice is known to contain anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  It can also improve circulation and prevent blood clotting. Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin is responsible for lowering the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.

Adding turmeric to your diet regularly through foods or drinks such as a tumeric tea, smoothies or soups is a great way to start to get the benefits of turmeric incorporated into your diet. There are also a number of high quality turmeric supplements that can be taken daily.

2. Essential oils

Keep a variety of essential oils on hand. Rub chamomile, lavender or sage into temples, chest or sore joints to relax muscles and calm the mind.

Certain scents activate the smell receptors in the nose which can trigger a reaction in your nervous system. These smell receptors then activate the release of dopamine,, the feel good hormone. Aromatherapy relieves stress—often the root of our pain. 

Chamomile is a very effective oil that has anti-inflammatory properties as does lavender, bergamot and ginger.

3. Red Light Therapy

Regular red light therapy sessions can improve or restore range of motion and reduce inflammation which in turn can help reduce pain.

The red light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria (the energy of the cell). Because of this, healing is stimulated in muscle, bone, skin and the deeper layers of tissue. Speeding up the healing process relieves pain more quickly.

4. Yoga

Yoga is great for flexibility, strength, posture and balance. However, Yoga has also been proven to help alleviate stress which is beneficial in pain management. The poses in yoga combined with the mental relaxation or meditative state and controlled breathing dissipates stress and anxiety therefore relieving pain caused by physiological and emotional factors.

Hot Yoga can help the muscles warm up faster and make them more pliable, faster allowing you to sink deeper into poses and achieve a higher mental state of relaxation. 

5. Massage

Massage can help with pain originating from muscle tension: examples include, head, back, neck, and shoulder pain.  Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage.

Whether done hands on by a massage therapist or in a massage chair. Regularly scheduled massages can reduce headaches, tension in the muscles, stress and anxiety.