There is something that many of us experience every day that we really wish we didn’t, which can be summed up into one little word – pain. The effect of what chronic body aches can have on us, however, is by no means little. Whether it’s your shoulders, back, knees or other parts of your body that leave you aching, or if you’re suffering from pain muscle spasms, muscle cramps, or even fibromyalgia, it can without a doubt have a deeply damaging affect your quality and way of life. Here are some ways that can help relieve the pain that you suffer from chronic body aches.
If your body aches are caused by some incorrect daily behaviour – such as sitting at your computer for long periods, or not having the right sitting or standing postures – exercise can sometimes help relieve the aches you’re feeling. Simple exercises like walking, cycling, swimming or even just stretching can go a long way in not only relieving but also preventing more pain. You can try a regular yoga or Pilates class, or a doctor- or hospital-recommended exercise class specifically targeting your problem areas.
Understandably, when the pain becomes too much to bear or prevents you from working, you would very likely take a painkiller. We commonly take NSAIDs, or Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, to kill inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to injury, which causes us to feel pain. NSAIDs, which includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen, nip it in the bud just like steroids, but without the side effect of steroids. Sounds like a wonderful solution? Indeed, NSAIDs taken over a short period are a quick-and-easy pain reliever. However, taken over a long period of time, NSAIDs can lead to some serious side effects like high blood pressure, kidney failure, gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding, and even heart attack. So, if you’re taking NSAIDs, make sure you consult a doctor and take only a short course. Otherwise, use painkillers such as Paracetamol – but which unfortunately does not contain anti-inflammatory effects.
3) Massage & acupuncture
If your muscles ache because you’ve been overusing them, something as simple as massaging the areas with your warm hands can do the trick. Or you can look for a massage therapist who specializes in sports recovery, or chronic pain relief. Some people also turn to acupuncture for pain relief – but not everyone is willing to have needles stuck into them. Getting your partner to give you a daily massage is unfortunately not a long-term solution as they’ll be needing a massage of their own soon after all that massage-giving!
4) Natural pain relief
Thankfully, Mother Nature herself comes to our rescue. Methylsulfonylmethane, or what we commonly know as MSM, is rich in organic sulphur, an important “building block” in healthy bone, joint and muscle tissue development. Because it also helps reduce swelling and pain in joints, MSM is used in the treatment against osteoarthritis and arthritis. Arnica Montana is a yellow-orangish flower that grows in the mountains of Europe and can help against muscle soreness, aches, bruising, and inflammation. Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Juniper are also excellent natural anti-inflammatory solutions. When it comes to muscle health, magnesium is the wonder mineral that you need, but sadly it is often times forgotten.
5) Correcting magnesium imbalance
The Healthy Back Institute suggests that the most successful way of combating chronic body pains, is to correct imbalances. We’re talking about the balance of calcium and magnesium in the body – simply put, calcium causes muscles to contract and magnesium causes them to relax. Calcium has been lauded as a superstar mineral, but you might realize a magnesium deficiency in your body. Imagine your muscles doing all that contracting without the ability to relax. Magnesium also calms your nerve cells and prevents them from firing off pain signals – the perfect natural pain reliever!
6) The ultimate natural pain reliever
Who knew that despite all the drugs human have created, the best drug still lies with Mother Nature? Take all the natural boosters for good joint and muscle health, and combine it with natural solutions with anti-inflammatory properties, and you have the perfect natural pain reliever. Essential Magnesium’s Active range of creams and sprays are ideal for muscle and joint health because they contain all the above ingredients from nature and are great products to have for pre- and post-workouts, or whenever pain strikes in the body. Fight nature with nature today with Essential Magnesium.