Natural Relief for Aches and Pains

By Sara Butler

Over-the-counter pain medication should be a last resort when you’re suffering from aches and pains. That’s because these medications only cover up the underlying cause of your pain. Before you can make it to your chiropractor to have the real problem addressed, you can try these natural remedies for aches and pains to help you feel your best.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers. It works by disrupting the pain signals in the body, relieving pain. It’s best for minor muscle aches and is applied directly to the skin. It’s also been found to help ease joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

It’s a great product for use when you’ve gone a little too hard at your workout, too. It helps to loosen up the muscles as it helps to decrease stiffness and swelling. Just remember that it’s made from chili peppers, so avoid touching your face or eyes (or other sensitive places) after you’ve applied it or you could be in for an unwelcome surprise!

Butterbur Extract

This is a shrub that has been used for many centuries as a fever and pain remedy. Today, it’s used for headaches. In fact, the American Headache Society deems it effective for reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.

This is an herbal remedy, though. Due to this, you should always make sure to speak with a healthcare professional such as your chiropractor before taking anything new.

Fish Oil

Regularly taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements, or making sure your diet is rich in them, is a great way to reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acid can help to reduce joint stiffness and tenderness. It will work best if you increase your daily omega-3 intake in conjunction with a diet that cuts sugar, processed foods, and unhealthy fats. This change in food choices and lifestyle can help you to feel better in just a few weeks. Talk to your chiropractor about using a supplement or to understand how much you need to eat per day for the benefits.

Sleep

This one is the easiest remedies of them all! Sometimes all you need is to rest in order to rejuvenate and allow your body to heal. During deep sleep, your body releases restorative peptides, neurotransmitters, and hormones in order to restore. It can help to rectify stiffness and pain, helping you to wake up feeling like a brand new person!

You can always avoid every ache and pain but natural remedies can be a great thing to have in your corner as you strive for better health!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wayne, N.J. 

 

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