What are the best ways to relieve the daily pain of what we call life? I’m sure you may be familiar with one of the many stresses in life that help bring pain in the physical form to your life. Some examples may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- You’re boss is yelling at you, accusing you of misplacing a file that you know you didn’t misplace, but still being made the fall-guy for said missing file. There is nothing you can say or do to convince him/her that you are not the culprit. They need someone to blame and you are it! Argh!!!!
- Your significant other wants to make a big deal about you not checking the mail, instead of simply nicely asking if you could check the mail… or, fill in the blank with something your significant other would gripe or make a big deal about that you feel is just unnecessary. Whatever it is, I’m sure it stresses you out, like it does me.
- Your kids are asking for something that may cost a pretty good chunk of change; whether they are young children still living at home or your grown adult children who are living on their own, but they still need your help every few weeks or months for one thing or another. Yes, this is a stress-maker, because you want to be able to help your children no matter what age and, if you are like me, you are going to do whatever you can do to help them. However, depending on how costly the help is that is needed, you may develop some stress and/or anxiety with providing this help.
Some more serious stress factors may include:
- Health issues
- Physical Trauma
- Mental/Psychological/Emotional Trauma
So, back to the original reason for this post; What are the best ways to relieve the daily pain of life which tends to transmute into real physical pain?
Below are 11 of the best ways I find are beneficial to me for getting relief from the daily stresses of life and the physical pain it causes:
1. Massage Therapy – In my opinion, Massage Therapy is entirely necessary and beneficial in improving both your mental and physical state. What can a massage do for you? Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to stretch and loosen muscles, stimulate blood flow, improve blood & lymphatic fluid flow, increase the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues. It has been shown to decrease the effects of tension, stress and symptoms of overuse in exercise, work and other activities, and allows energy in the body to flow more freely. The major responses to massage include pain reduction/ management and increased ease of movement in joints, neck & back. I highly recommend finding a qualified and experienced Licensed Massage Therapist and get on a consistent treatment plan. While having an occasional relaxing massage is nice and does help to alleviate some stress of the day, it doesn’t really help with getting to the root of the problem that is causing your pain and getting rid of it. To do that you, you need a consistent treatment plan that could involve regular weekly and monthly visits to your Massage Therapist. This treatment plan may consist of more than the gentle and relaxing approach of a typical Swedish Massage. If you are looking for a Massage Therapist, click here for a featured listing of highly qualified Licensed Massage Therapists that may be in your area.
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2. Reflexology (More than just a Foot/Hand Massage) – By definition, Reflexology is a system of massaging specific areas of the foot or hand in order to promote healing, relieve stress, etc. in other parts of the body. It is based on the principle that every part of the body is reflected in our feet and hands in a pattern that corresponds to that portion part of the body. Reflexology is the application of specific pressure by the use of the practitioner’s hand, thumb and fingers to a reflex map resembling the human body used to relieve stress, treat illness, reduce pain and improve your overall health. Not only can it relieve sore feet, it can also benefit many other body aches and pains. Some health benefits include improved blood circulation, relief from depression symptoms, reduced stress, relaxation, better sleep, relief of pain. The best part of Reflexology is that it can treat aches and pains such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, and lower/upper backaches. While, it would be great if you could get a foot massage and/or reflexology every day, it is most likely not something that you could realistically do. Fortunately, there are various tools and devices ranging in price that do help simulate the art of reflexology and bring relief to your achy feet, thereby relieving other achy parts of your body. If you are looking for such a device, look no further. Click here to find the most recommended products to help with this.
3. Massage Chair – While receiving a massage from a Licensed Massage Therapist is one the very best ways to reduce stress and pain, another great option would be to have your very own Massage Chair to use at your convenience. Certain high-quality massage chairs may possibly include a hefty upfront cost, I think the benefits may far outweigh the cost. The best part is that you would have this great treasure of goodness available to you whenever you want or need it right in the comfort of your home. If you are looking for a good massage chair to put in your home or business, check out The 10 Best Massage Chairs for a listing of top-rated massage chairs.
4. Aromatherapy/Essential Oils – By definition, Aromatherapy is the inhalation or bodily application via massage of fragrant essential oils for therapeutic purposes to help enhance physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Natural and organic essential oils are designed to help reduce pain, promote healing as well as other specific aromatherapy benefits. There are a variety of essential oils available that have many different benefits for varying conditions. The benefits of essential oils include stress relief, energy boosting, aid in digestion, improved skin conditions, reduced anxiety, overall improved mood, relaxation, etc. You can find a complete listing of the most recommended essential oils and their specific beneficial value by clicking here.
5. BioMat – What is the BioMat? It is an FDA licensed medical device that combines state of the art Far-Infrared light and Negative Ion technology with the healing power of Amethyst crystal. The infrared heat in the BioMat has the same effect as natural sunlight. It is a revolutionary healing tool, ideal for health care professionals or anyone interested in improving their overall health and wellbeing.Through the delivery of soothing, deep penetrating far-infrared heat, the BioMat is able to replace damaged cells, release blockages and restore cellular life force, which empowers the body to heal and bring itself back into balance. This incredible heated therapy pad is prescribed by doctors for the effective treatment of a range of health issues, including cancer, diabetes, stress, insomnia, tissue damage, post-surgical healing and scar reduction, joint and muscle soreness, back pain relief, detoxification, inflammation and arthritis, and circulatory issues. It can minimize chronic low back pain, maximize muscle recovery, reduce stress, and enhance deeper states of restful sleep. Add this amazing device in your clinic or home byclicking here.
6. Hydrotherapy – By definition, Hydrotherapy is the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. Water has healing properties in general. Has there ever been a time you just felt bad, but felt better after having a bath or shower. Water is a ‘grounding’ resource that has many natural healing benefits. I can think of a few times when I was having health issues related to my Thyroid disease where I just did not feel right and there seemed to be nothing else to help me feel better, except for a nice dip in a cool pool or hot tub or a calming and invigorating hot/cold bath or shower when no pool or hot tub was readily available for me. If Hydrotherapy is just what you need, there are various products available ranging in price depending on what you are looking for. Look here for a comprehensive list of Hydrotherapy options.
7. Thermotherapy/Cryotherapy (Hot/Cold Packs) – Thermotherapy/Cryotherpay consists of application of heat or cold for the purpose of changing core temperature of soft tissue with the intention of improving the symptoms of certain conditions. Cryotherapy and thermotherapy are useful for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and soft tissue injuries. Using ice or heat as a therapeutic intervention decreases pain in joint, muscles and soft tissue. Sudden and intense cold exposure makes you release cold-shock proteins, a special class of proteins that decrease inflammation and speed up recovery.Hot and cold packs are utilized to promote healing and to assist with reducing inflammation of target areas. The temperature change from hot to cold and back again triggers anti-inflammatory heat-shock and cold-shock proteins and the compression decreases blood flow to injuries, which keeps inflammation and swelling down. You can find a variety of hot and cold packs here.
8. PEMF Therapy Devices – Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy is an effective treatment option to use for healing benefits. PEMF sends low-level electromagnetic frequency bursts through your body. These frequencies penetrate each cell, tissue organ and bone to balance the electromagnetic fields of your cells and; therefore, restores the proper chemistry to your body. This return to balance keeps your cells on track. When balanced, your cells are performing their normal duties and helping you stay healthy or recover from injury. Research study shows that PEMF is a safe and non-invasive healing therapy. FDA approved PEMF Therapy Devices are used for minor to chronic pain, muscle recovery, joint pain, muscle stiffness, to repair injured cells and to help reduce inflammation. This device is an alternative to pain medication for ongoing relief of neck, shoulder, back, knee, joint, muscle, and chronic pain related to injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. PEMF therapy devices have been known to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, balance immune system, relax muscles, and even stimulate organs. PEMF devices are not typically used for instant immediate relief as the device works at the cellular level for longer term pain relief. Consistent use is necessary for the most beneficial results. As an added benefit, you can use these devices to help your furbabies as well. These therapeutic devices may also be eligible for Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Account reimbursement. Check with your practitioner to see if they use PEMF Therapy Devices or you can purchase your own device. Click here for a list of recommended PEMF therapy devices.
9. TENS Unit – The Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit is a stimulation device consisting of electrodes that are attached to the skin, the unit itself, and a battery to provide a current. This unit uses electricity to block nerves from sending pain signals. TENS units are helpful in relieving muscle pain and pain associated with arthritis and sciatic infringement and are also prescribed for chronic pain sufferers and fibromyalgia patients. The TENS unit helps with back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendinitis, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. When I was at the worst point in my suffering with a pinched sciatic nerve before I searched for additional treatment, this particular therapeutic device seemed to be the only thing that would give me some form of relief from the extreme and miserable radiating sciatic pain. Click here for a comprehensive list of top-rated TENS units.
10. Stretching – This form of treatment is very beneficial and can be done at no cost at all. If you suffer from neck, shoulder, or back issue, there are a number of core exercises and stretches that can bring real relief, specifically when done on a consistent daily basis. As a sufferer of a pinched sciatic nerve due to a genetic degenerative disc disorder, I received injections which were just a temporary aid for the absolute misery and pain I was going through with the pinched sciatic nerve. I was told that the only thing that could really help me would be surgery. I chose not to go that route and decided to try out physical therapy instead. Through physical therapy, I learned that by strengthening my core and implementing a series of stretches, my issue with the pinched nerve was relieved and I am able to live a normal life and not have to sleep on the floor on a golf ball anymore. It was just what I needed. Click here for some great stretching exercises that may help give you relief and improve your daily life.
11. Stand-alone Massage Tools – If you are on a tight budget, but you know the true value and benefits of massage to help improve your health and life, another great option would be stand-alone massage products. These stand-alone products are great tools to help alleviate those tight knots in target areas that make life miserable and they come at a reasonable price. As a Massage Therapist at an older age, I found my chosen line of work ended up causing me a good amount of pain. Financially, I found I could not be as consistent in receiving massages, so I found that there are various very good stand-alone massage products I could use to help clear up those target areas that I could not quite reach myself in between visits at very reasonable prices and they are very help in relieving my aches and pains. Click here for some recommended products to help give you some relief.
While these are what I believe are the 10 best ways to help relieve pain naturally without having to ingest anything, I’m sure there may be a number of other ways to help as well, which may also include natural supplements.
Please feel free to leave feedback on what may work best for you for pain relief as well as provide any tips or suggestions for others to try and don’t hesitate to share this page with anyone you feel may benefit from it.