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The following is a guest post by Emma Waller.

Natural Solutions For Pain Management

Over three billion prescriptions are written every year. Many of these are for the management of pain. More and more people are looking to more natural solutions to help in the aid of chronic pain. Several natural solutions include changes to diet, the addition of certain supplements to the diet and other therapies like massage and yoga can help.

Diet

Much of the pain we face is a result of inflammation. With so many of us on the go and living very hectic lifestyles, our diets have become full of processed foods and preservatives. We eat fewer and fewer vegetables and the nutrition deficiencies are showing in our bodies. One item that is thought to help in the reduction of inflammation are spices like tumeric. Tumeric is well known for its anti inflammatory assistance.

Several culprits in our diets include high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and, in some people, dairy. One big villain for those of us with chronic pain is tomatoes. It can be worthwhile to see if your particular pain responds well to the elimination of tomatoes in your diet.

Supplements

Since many of us do suffer from a poorer diet than we would like, it may be of particular interest to add those supplements that can help correct those deficiencies. Especially if their addition can help relieve the ongoing symptoms of pain. These supplements are more natural and cause less toxicity to the body.

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in a number of foods but can also be taken as a supplement. Omega 3’s are thought to provide those suffering from arthritis pain with anti inflammatory properties. It is advisable to talk with your physician before making any changes to current drug treatments.

Glucosamine is another supplement that is thought to help reduce the pain of arthritis and other joint pain. It is important that these supplements be taken according to their label as many studies show that taking beyond the recommended dose does not offer any additional pain relief.

Vitamin D. It is thought that at least 50% of the American population do not get enough Vitamin D in their diet. Several studies have shown that when brought up to the appropriate levels, many people had their pain symptoms lessen or disappear completely.

Those that suffer from chronic tension pain and fibromyaglia pain may very well be suffering from a Vitamin D and a magnesium deficiency. While the increase of Vitamin D and Magnesium won’t cure fibromyalgia and chronic tension, it is thought that they will lessen the pain associated with both of these issues.

Alternative Therapies

While many of us who suffer from chronic pain will never be able to go out and run a marathon, play a game of soccer or any other high endurance activity do benefit from activities like walking or yoga. There are various forms of yoga and if someone is interested, explore the various styles of yoga offered and find one suited to your level of skill and one that meets your needs for pain relief.

Additional therapies that aid in the reduction of pain include massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic care. As someone who has resorted to all three to aid in the relief of chronic back pain, all three provide relief– some more long lasting than the others but each body responds differently to each treatment. It is worth exploring any and all of them, especially if one is interested in reducing the dependency on prescription medication. Medication that, over a long period of time, does less and less at the original dose prescribed and often warrants increased doses.

From the desk of Emma Waller a lover of natural solutions and organic practices. Emma has been a freelance writer for 11 years. 

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