Pain is a common word to describe a large number of things. One can experience pain from childbirth, getting a tattoo, having their blood drawn or stubbing their toe. Sometimes pain can be self-inflicted, which is usually caused by intentional harm. Pain can be felt in a physical, mental and emotional way. Not everyone can feel the same type of pain or experience the same pain. Unfortunately, there are some people who uses self-inflicting pain methods to assist with attempted suicide or to dull the “pain” of life. It is important to allows talk to a medical professional about any pain you are dealing with, whether it be physical or not.
What Is Pain?
We have all felt it one way or another, but what is pain. Pain can be caused by a physical injury or illness that can lead to discomfort, soreness and suffering. Pain can be emotion felt after losing a loved one or hearing devastating news. Pain can be a short-term or long-term effect. Certain medications can act a pain reliever but they may not work for everyone. The feeling of pain is affected by the nociceptor nerves that travel through the body and signals the brain. There are different types of pain and causes.
General symptoms of pain may appear as some of the following:
- Muscle spams
- Burning sensation
- Dull pain
Physical pain can be caused by many different things including:
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain
- Back pain
- Central pain
- Emotional pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Arthritis pain
- Post-surgery pain
Best Natural Ways To Relieve Pain
In this day and age, the most common way to relieve pain is via medication. This can be anything from over-the-counter medication, prescribed and un-prescribed medication, drugs and alcohol. Self-medicating via drugs and alcohol are the worst ways to relieve pain and can cause addiction. If you have become addicted to pain medications, whether illegal or not, seek help immediately. You are not alone in the process of healing. To avoid overdosing or pain medication addiction, here are the best natural ways to relieve pain.
- Essential oils- Blending different types of essential oils is a great way to relieve the stress for the mind and body. Most essential oils have anti-inflammatory agents that can help reduce pain. The aroma of essential oils such as eucalyptus and lavender are pleasing to the nose and body. A great blend of essential oils can help naturally relieve any pain. Try mixing up an essential oil blend using: 4 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of ginger, 3 drops of peppermint oil and 3 drops of eucalyptus oil. Once these oils are perfectly blended, apply the mixture to your affected area and feel the magic work.
- Exercise- A free way to help reduce pain is by exercising. Some illness may restrict a person’s ability to move, but any form of exercise is better than nothing at all. Exercising is a natural way to help reduce cramps during a women’s menstrual cycle. Working out helps reduce the right endorphins and hormones in our body that increases our tolerance for pain.
- Cold and heat therapy- There is a method to madness and most scientists have figured this one out. Applying ice compression to a painful area can help the muscle pains to reduce and helps slow circulation of the blood. Cold therapy can reduce inflammation and swelling. To contrast this form of pain relief, heat therapy works perfect for discomfort of muscle spasms and increasing blood flow.
- Talking to a therapist or support group- This may not be a natural way to relieve physical pain but it can help with emotional and mental pain. People who have suffered loss, in any form, should try to speak their feelings instead of keeping things bottled up. Seeking help from a physical sources or virtual support group can be gratifying and a great way to feel supported and understand. You may also help others during your own healing process.
- Acupressure/Acupuncture- It may be interesting to try sticking needles all over your body to reduce stress and pain. By adding pins to certain points of the body, your muscles can relax and endorphins are released throughout the body. Please remember that the actual applying of pins should be left up to professionals.