How To Pain-Free Your Life
The old adage that you should just take pain relief medication when you have aches and pains is now becoming a thing of the past. New research published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found that meditation can produce powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain. After four days of meditation training, meditation in the presence of noxious (pain) stimulation reduced pain unpleasantness by 57% and pain intensity ratings by 40% when compared to the rest. For those who have never tried meditating, this might be the time to embrace the value of natural healing.
Pain is relieved not by diminishing sensation but by helping you consciously control your perception of pain. Clear your mind and focus on breathing slowly and smoothly. This helps the central nervous system relax which calms your being. Instead of dwelling on your pain, meditation teaches you to direct your energies to a happier and peaceful state. Try a meditation class in your local neighbourhood.
Other alternative ways to relieve pain
Many people claim that aromatherapy helps to ease their pain. And there is some research to back up their claims. In 1992, for instance, the International Journal of Aromatherapy published a study on aromatherapy and pain relief: the study showed that massage with lavender oil actually helped to cut pain levels in patients by half2. Other complementary therapies include yoga, hypnosis, reflexology, acupuncture, Alexander technique, homeopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy.
Being in pain shouldn’t deter you from taking part in your favourite activities. If you exert yourself and experience muscle or back pain, try an anti-inflammatory gel such as Nurofen Gel that’s targeted to relief sprains, strains and sports injuries. The easy to apply, non-greasy odourless gel helps ease away the pains and swelling of minor muscular injuries. It also rapidly absorbs into the skin and gets to work quickly at the site of your injury.
The stress of a busy day and constantly multi-tasking can be overwhelming which leads to tension headaches. Invest in a head to toe pampering massage to get a bit of peace and calm in today’s hectic pace. Not only will you feel relaxed but invigorated after!
Taking Time Out
Spend some time with yourself. Take two minutes out of your busy schedule and close your eyes and centre your thoughts. Play your favourite music and relax in your personal space. Trying to juggle everything at once can bring about stress and cause tension aches and pains.
Spending Time With A Loved One
Don’t let pain get in the way and it’s important to help relieve aches and pains for you and your family. Get back to basics and enjoy quality time with them. Trying alternative approaches to pain is pain relief that works for the long term.
Choosing a pain reliever
When you do decide to choose a pain reliever, make sure you choose the most effective one for those moments which require extra help. If you want fast targeted relief from pain, try Nurofen Zavance. Nurofen Zavance contains ibuprofen which targets the site of the pain providing effective relief. It absorbs up to twice as fast as standard Nurofen. Always read the label.
How do you prefer to get rid of pain and headaches?