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Chronic pain in particular is what I want to talk about today.
When pain just doesn’t let up and instead of getting better, it just gets worse or continues at the level it’s at without any break! It’s not fun and a lot of people suffer from it as silently as they can.
Chronic pain is mainly a result of inflammation in the body and it comes out in many areas – hands, feet, wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, hips, shoulders and back. What do you do? Most people head for the anti-inflammatory over the counter types of medications like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or Tylenol. All of which are chemicals none of us want in our bodies because they are dangerous if overused. What you could do instead is use one of several methods of pain “relief” that doesn’t include any drug components to them at all.
At first with my RA, we bought a wax bath that I used daily for a very long time. It really helped to control the pain and stiffness first thing in the morning that was the result of not moving all night. Not a great welcome to the day, but this did help quite a bit initially.
We bought a little “pain stick” called “Iceotherm” that we researched on-line. It was invented by an engineer (John Saringer) working at the University of Toronto. It is a “stick” run on batteries with a red and blue light and a sensor pad. The pad is both hot and cold at the same time, which helps confuse the nerve endings where the pain was located. It did some real good and we still use it now.
Then we bought a TENS machine with gloves (which I wrote about a while back) and am still using it to this day. It helps with all kinds of pain throughout my body – everywhere! I love this little machine and wouldn’t be without it.
Other natural suggestions to help with your pain are: a) Meditation – this one I know is very hard to do, especially if the pain is intense and you can’t seem to concentrate, but can be helpful in the long run. b) EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which is a tapping method used by a lot of people to help them control or get rid of pain all together. c) Reiki can also be helpful, but if you are not a Reiki (hands on healing) practitioner, you will have to find one close by to help you get through your pain. I have heard that a some nurses learned and have included Reiki to help their patients to treat pain while in hospital.
There are many meditation tapes, videos, and people that can help you if you are not familiar with meditation and can all be found on-line at many locations. If you don’t know how, check out this link to make yourself more familiar – it’s a 21 minute guided meditation audio that can/will help you with your current pain. Take a few minutes each day to meditate to help you function better.
EFT is a method of tapping that you can learn to use whenever pain is causing you issues and you need relief. It takes a little practice, but is very effective. I’ve used this a lot to help when I’m in particularly problematic pain and it helps tremendously. I actually remember having pain a few years back and I was out walking and started using my EFT method while walking. By the time I was home, the pain was gone! If you are interested in learning more about EFT, check it out here. Gary Craig is the gentleman that introduced me to EFT many years ago and I believe he is the foremost authority of this technique.
Reiki is a hands on healing method that can be used by you and on yourself. I am a Reiki Master, after taking three levels of classes (I completed levels I and II at Senaca College, then did my Masters course through Judith Conrad at Chikara Reiki Do on-line – you can learn it all there as well). Some of you have experienced my hands on healing and know how it works. Those of you who don’t know can read up more about Reiki here. One thing about Reiki is that when I practice it on others, it also helps me, so it is a two edged sword!
If you’ve been reading my Blog Posts regularly, last week I spoke about an essential oil that helps with pain called Copaiba. Well, it’s not the only essential oil that can help you with pain and inflammation. There are many of which some are: Frankincense, Chamomile, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint and Clary Sage. You can purchase starter kits from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com if you don’t have any of these already. If you decide to go the essential oils (EO) route, make sure you also purchase a carrier oil (also on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com) such as avocado, coconut, grapeseed or sweet almond oil to mix with the EO, so you don’t wind up with soreness or rash from the actual EO as they are VERY potent. I have a mixture of Copaiba, Frankincense, Lavender and Peppermint mixed with coconut oil in a jar on my bathroom counter for my hands and wrists that I use regularly to help control my RA pain as well as any incidental pain I might experience.
There are a lot of natural ways to help with pain, but it seems popping a pill is the one most people think of first. You might want to re-examine that practice, as we all learn more about the harmful effects of taking these medications is causing.
Have a wonderful day and week ahead.