Aches and pains can be a blessing and when it happens for a short time - is a gift, letting your body know it’s time to nurture yourself. Looking after you isn’t something to feel guilty about, every person has different thresholds to stress, pain, and life situations in general and when you care for yourself you are able to give far more, to the rest of the universe.
One could have pain for various reasons including; the way the central nervous system processes pain messages, or whilst the immune system sends white blood cells to heal infections causing muscle pain. Fluid retention causes the muscles to swell and press on the nerves, and arthritis – inflamed joints causes pain. Aches and pains are normally created by inflammation for various reasons but mostly because the cells needed in that area where you feel the pain are not there to protect and create a place for inflammation.
How to reduce aches and pains:
- Rest is vital in the healing of pain, making sure you sleep well at night is key in this situation, work out the best ways to relax your body to get that much needed rest as it’s the time when the body heals and rejuvenates itself. If the pain is from bruising it is necessary to put a cold compress to reduce the swelling, but for general aches and pains a warm bath with Magnesium Flakes, in the evening or any time is really calming, try to stay in the bath for 20 minutes. Keeping body temperature stable is also important as it will keep your body comfortable and aid in healing.
- Exercise is very important in the healing of chronic pain. When working out, the body naturally produces painkillers! Through hormones like endorphins which interact with brain receptors to change the perception of pain in the body. Obviously don’t run a marathon when you’re in terrible pain, don’t fight with your body. Build your resilience up gradually, just start with walking or swimming doing it gently at first, you will reap the benefits.
- Eat right to your health; don’t starve yourself of these anti-inflammatory foods. The Mediterranean diet is a great starting point, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils. Fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, apples, and leafy greens are high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols—protective compounds found in plants. Fish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation plays a large role in pain, in one study, researchers instructed patients with neck or back pain to take 1200 milligrams a day of fish oil supplements with EPA and DHA. After 75 days on fish oil, more than half of the 125 patients who reported back said they had stopped their prescription painkillers. Try these delicious anti-inflammatory recipes: Parsley Salmon and Stuffed Cabbage.
You may just need to rest and strengthen your body to relieve aches and pains. But some pains, especially ones that last a long time, may mean that you have an underlying condition. In these cases, you may need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan. And seeing a nutritional therapist can be beneficial in finding the root cause of the pain and creating a long-term plan to relieve your aches and other associated symptoms naturally, please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.