If you are one of the many people in this country suffering from chronic pain, then you know how hard it is to find relief. With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, many people are trying to avoid taking prescription pain medication for fear of addiction.
Roughly 59% of people who suffer from chronic pain report that it has an impact on their overall enjoyment of life. Fortunately, there are natural ways to deal with chronic pain other than popping pills. These options are all natural, and many have been proven to be very effective.
According to Prevention.com, 20 million Americans practice yoga partly because it promotes relaxation. Recent studies suggest that yoga is much more than this. After two months of regular yoga practices, 42% of people report a reduction in pain, and 46% report a reduction in depressive symptoms. Back pain, arthritis, and migraines are the most common types of pain reduced with yoga.
Acupuncture is an ancient practice where tiny needles are inserted into specific parts of the body to increase blood flow. The increased blood flow promotes a reduction in pain as well as an improved function to the nervous system and musculoskeletal system, where pain often comes from.
“Research published from Nature Neuroscience online showed that the careful placement of needles in specific acupuncture points affects the activity of adenosine, an amino acid that becomes active in the skin after an injury to ease pain,” says Dr. Bauer, a practicing MD at Mayo Clinic.
The Great Outdoors
According to Spine-Health, 10 to 15 minutes outside in the sun can help the body produce vitamin D. People who get the recommended amount of vitamin D, 400 to 800 IU, experienced less pain than those who don’t. This result was found in a Boston University research study of men and women with knee osteoarthritis. Out of 150 people with unexplained musculoskeletal pain, 93% were found to not be obtaining enough vitamin D.
If you suffer from chronic pain, you are not alone. As you look for natural ways to deal with chronic pain, consider methods like yoga, acupuncture, and getting some vitamin D outside. You can also search for naturopathic doctors in your area, who should be able to recommend other alternatives to prescription medications and invasive surgeries.