Hey Folks! I hate taking medicine! As I’ve learned more about the potential damage that aspirin and other non-steroidal pain relievers can cause, I sought out alternatives. I have an old whiplash injury from 2010. It can be a frustrating pain as depending on what I have going on, it can get stronger and quite pesky. As you know, I have quite a lot to do and I don’t want avoidable pain slowing me down. Chiropractic care has really help gradually rid me of the aching neck. However, day to day living and what not can cause the pain to creep up on me. Unfortunately, my chiropractor wasn’t available today and I don’t think I’ll be able to see anyone tomorrow. I HATE taking over the counter meds as I don’t think there’s anything good about them for one’s body over time.
Method #1: I like to use Doterra essential oils. So I thought to myself today, “Now is the time to break out my essential oils!” I forgot I had a particular oil called Deep Blue. I used an extra few drops mixed with Fractionated Coconut Oil and massaged it well into my neck. I’m extremely happy that within five minutes of using it, the muscles around my neck loosened and the pain is subsiding. I’m sure I’ll need another application in the next couple of hours, but I’ll do that over a pill any day.
Method #2: Turmeric Tea. Turmeric is an effective pain reliever. I buy a tea brand called Numi and will drink this tea before going to bed. The side effect that I tend to get is a warming sensation, which as I go through perimenopause, is not my most favorite feeling. But, the benefit of the pain relief today is greater than the warming effect.
Method #3: Mindfulness and meditation. One of the studies of the brain and how it processes pain is called neuroplasticity. It can be quite complex, but a simple representation of the idea is that new pathways are created each time we ‘learn’ something. So, with chronic pain, the more we focus on it, the more pathways form in the brain. So there are ways to ‘distract’ front the pain in order to inhibit the growth of new pathways, thus inhibiting greater pain. I like to blog, for example, which is a distraction. Or, I like to read, or care for other people. All of these activities are ways to take my focus off of myself and basically cut off the pain’s ability to grow.
There have been times that Method #3 doesn’t work and I just need to relax and rest. And, when all else is said, I have occasions where I have to have some type of medication. But, I like to keep those times few and far between, if I can manage it. Keep in mind that too much of anything isn’t good. However, a careful blend of natural alternatives can cause your body’s own healing mechanisms to kick in.
What do you do to manage your pain naturally?