Five natural alternatives to painkillers

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Taking painkillers can cause many people concerns. Some types can lead to addiction; others can be blamed for stomach problems. Continue reading for five natural alternatives to painkillers.

1. Exercise

It may seem counterintuitive to consider exercise as a way of relieving aches and pains. However, it can be incredibly effective. Of course, it does entirely depend on where hurts. Aerobic exercise leads to the release of endorphins, which are a natural feel good and can be for some time after finishing. Furthermore, using your body, even when in pain, prevents stiffness and supports you in remaining active. For example, with a bad back, previously, doctors would have primarily advised bed rest. Although that is still applicable for some, many are told that continuing to perform light duties will actually help you to have a speedier recovery time.

2. Heat/Cool

With aches on your neck or shoulder, a heat or cool pack can really help to alleviate the pain. Likewise, when you have stomach cramps, a hot water bottle can ease symptoms. Be sure not to fill with boiling water though, as this can lead to deterioration of the plastic, which could result in severe burns or scalding. If using an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables, wrap in a cloth first to avoid it sticking to your skin and damaging it.

3. TENS Machine

Many people associate TENS machines with pregnancy and labor. However, they are proven to help with other pains in both men and women. The machine connects to small pads which you place near to the area of pain. It emits small pulses of which you can control the intensity. Many people swear by their TENS machine, and it is a relatively cheap investment for something that can be used time and time again to alleviate aches and pains.

4. Essential Oils

The use of essential oils to help with pain relief is not a new phenomenon. Lavender is perhaps the most well-known of the scents for promoting relaxation and thus helping manage times where certain body parts hurt. It’s also one of the best essential oils for headaches. Eucalpytus oil is also said to be a fantastic choice for helping muscles to cool and, therefore, reducing inflammation. Finally, peppermint oil is highly recommended. The menthol is cooling, and it also has analgesic properties, helping to relieve your suffering. To use essential oils, you could use an oil diffuser or simply use a few drops as part of a massage.

5. Work on your posture

Although a good posture will not solve all aches and pains, it can certainly help to avoid several. The idea of comportment might sound like something young ladies were expected to learn in the Victorian era, however, it really does serve a purpose. Try to avoid sitting leaning forwards as this can do damage to your back. Likewise, bringing your feet up beside you on the sofa creates an unnatural position, leading to pain. When walking, try to lower your shoulders and keep your head straight. It may feel odd for a little while, but once you practice several times, things will become much more automatic. 

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