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Pain and discomfort make it difficult for a lot of people to enjoy their lives or do their jobs. The sad thing is that most people do not realize just how widespread different types of pain are. For example, research estimates that 80% of people in the United States have some form of back pain. All is not lost though, because there are good natural ways of reducing pain and discomfort. Below, we will look at some of them.
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Get a Massage
Massages relax the muscles, get the blood flowing, and can help the body release endorphins. All of these things work in their unique ways to help relieve the body of pain. A massage is an inexpensive alternative to medication and helps people, especially those who experience chronic pain, to avoid the effects of long-term medication, including dependency and certain side effects.
Get the Body Moving
Exercise helps release endorphins. Besides endorphins putting you in a good mood, they also block the pain from reaching your brain. In this way, they help relieve pain and discomfort and can also help with stress, anxiety, and depression.
Improve Your Posture
Many people ignore their posture, either when standing or sitting. Many people who work sitting have bad posture, which often leads to pain and discomfort. If you sit a lot at your job and have back pain or any other discomfort, be sure to pay attention to your posture. The way you stand or sit could affect the shape of your spine and therefore cause back pain. Also, when the spine slips forward, backward or sideways, it might cause other muscles to spasm which can lead to pain throughout the body.
Improve Your Sleeping Habits
Besides posture, the way we sleep can cause back pain. If you experience back pain, it is advisable to look at your sleeping habits. Start by looking at how much you sleep. Adults should sleep for about 9 hours a night. Remember that sleeping too much can cause pain and discomfort, and that is why the number of hours you spend sleeping should not exceed 9. Also, look at your mattress; a worn mattress or one that does not support your back properly could cause pain, discomfort or both. You can find one that supports your back online or at any mattress store. Be sure to let them know that you are having back pain so they can direct you to the best options.
Inactivity has been shown to make pain worse. If you have any pain, try stretching. Stretching helps circulate the blood, relaxes the muscles, and in this way can help your pain. Stretching also helps release a small number of endorphins which, as we have seen above, can help relieve your pain.
The benefits of meditation go much further than relieving stress, anxiety, and depression; meditation can also help relieve pain and discomfort. if you have never done it before, there are so many online videos and tutorials that will show you how to do it. Start with a small amount of time and increase it as you go. Guided meditation works well for people who do not know how to meditate on their own. Guided meditation can also be a good way to focus on specific areas of your body that are bothering you.
You do not have to live with your pain, and neither do you have to go the expensive route of filling your body with drugs. There are good ways to relieve pain without the side effects and expense that normally accompany taking drugs for the long term.
This list is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.
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