Prescribed and over-the-counter medication can often be the best form of pain relief, but there may be times when you require an alternative. Fortunately, there are other forms of pain relief to consider. Here are just 7 alternative ways to fight pain.
A hot bath can be a great way to relieve pain naturally – doctors even recommend it for many forms of pain ranging from back pain to early labour pain. The water can offer buoyancy, helping to relax muscles, whilst the heat can help to simulate nerve endings and release feelgood endorphins, which can help to numb pain around the body.
Exercise can also relieve pain by getting blood pumping and flooding the body with endorphins. Certain types of exercise may not be recommended for certain types of pain – if you’ve got joint pain or muscular pain, you may want to stick to low-impact exercises such as walking or swimming. Yoga is also a great form of low-impact exercise that is suitable for all types of pain.
Acupuncture therapy can be used to help ease various forms of pain ranging from migraines to period pain. This therapy involves inserting thin needles into specific pressure points. You should only ever seek out this type of pain relief from a qualified professional.
Chiropractic manipulation is commonly used to relieve pain in muscles and joints and involves manipulating the body to help free up trapped nerves. Like acupuncture, it should only ever be carried out by a qualified professional.
Turmeric is a plant that is part of the ginger family. It has long been used as a natural form of pain relief and its effects have strong scientific backing. Turmeric is usually consumed as a powder – you can drink it with hot water or sprinkle it into food. It is commonly used in dishes such as curries.
Capsaicin is the ingredient found in chillies which produces its spice. It has found to be a good ingredient for relieving pain when applied as a cream (pure capsaicin should never be orally consumed and you should keep it away from the eyes and nose too). You can find this cream in many herbal pharmacies.
Willow bark is another natural ingredient that can be used to treat pain. In fact, it has many of the same properties as aspirin. It is usually ground up into a powder and consumed with water or applied directly to the skin.