Naturally, you want to relieve your pain! And we’ve all been taught that there’s a pill or potion for almost everything that ails us. But every pill or potion also comes with side effects. That’s why so many people today are interested in more natural means of reducing their pain. Here’s some we have used ourselves or recommend to others–but be safe. Many natural plants can have negative interactions with modern medications. Check with your doctor before mixing prescriptions and plants.
Water: You may be thinking, “I drink water every day and I still have pain!” But adequate hydration prevents painful muscle cramps and washes toxins out of the system that can collect in the muscles and cause pain. Many people think they’re drinking plenty of water when their system is actually badly dehydrated. Try increasing the amount of water you drink each day and see if your pain decreases. Can you count the water in drinks like coffee and lemonade? Yes, but remember that many drinks contain ingredients that may dehydrate, so try and focus on increasing your intake of plain water.
Cramp bark : Makes an effective natural muscle relaxant for the skeletal muscles. It can be useful for leg cramps, muscle spasms, stiff neck or back pain brought on by overuse of muscles. The powerful antispasmodic constituents in cramp bark are often recommended used for menstrual cramps or to halt premature labor, so it should not be used by women that may be pregnant. This article at Discovery Health discusses dosage and the safe use of cramp bark.
Valerian Root: Valerian root has been used as a natural pain reliever for centuries. Eases muscle and joint pain and is often used to relieve back pain caused by tension and stress. Be aware, however, that valerian root may cause unwanted side effects for people taking certain medications. This article at Livestrong discusses dosage, side effects and some of the health warnings to consider before using this ancient remedy.
Capsaicin: Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers hot. It’s been proven effective for reducing the pain of arthritis and migraines by desensitizing the nerve pain receptors. You can choose to eat capsaicin by adding hot sauce to soups, stews and other foods, or you can use it in topical creams. In a University of Oxford study, nearly half of the arthritis patients tested reduced their pain by fifty percent after using a topical capsaicin cream for a month. In a similar study at the New England Center for Headache, patients saw a significant decrease in migraine and cluster headache intensity after applying capsaicin cream to the inside of their nostrils.
Devils Claw: Eases back pain and inflammation. Even TV’s Dr. Oz recommends this natural plant for pain relief, saying” The Khoisan tribes of the Kalahari Desert used this herb as a pain remedy for thousands of years before it was introduced to Europe in the early 1900s. One study found that devil’s claw—which contains an anti-inflammatory agent called harpagoside—was just as effective as the prescription NSAID Vioxx, which was immensely popular before it was withdrawn from the market due to its cardiovascular side effects. I recommend taking an extract that provides 50 to 100 milligrams of harpagoside daily for as long as your pain lasts.”
Gentle Stretching: It may be hard to make yourself exercise when every bone and muscle aches, but it has been proven, time after time, that exercise greatly reduces muscle and joint pain. So if you’ve been inactive for a while, ease back into exercise with gentle stretching. If you have access to a tai chi class, you may find that the slow, gentle stretches of this ancient art qucikly bring you pain relief and a new level of energy. If you don’t have access to an exercise class, you’ll find it easier to exercise at home if you work along with an appropriate DVD. They are hundreds available, in every form of exercise you can imagine. Many exercise DVD’s offer segments for viewing on YouTube, so check there before you buy to make sure you like the way the exercise is taught.
Why Settle For Temporary Relief Of Chronic Pain When Permanent Pain Relief Is Available?
The above advice is excellent for temporary pain relief of minor muscle aches and pains, but the key is to find a therapy that is natural and non invasive and also provides permanent pain elimination, not just a temporary reduction of symptoms. However, the only way to end the cycle of chronic pain is to discover the course of your pain and treat it.
In my many years of medical research, I proved that many people suffering from chronic muscle and joint pain have an inherited abnormal foot structure that is the actual source of their pain. This abnormal foot structure is actually very common, yet few people know they have it.
If you have such a common inherited, abnormal foot structure that predisposes you to chronic muscle and joint pain, the above suggestions are not enough to permanently eliminate your chronic pain. The reason is because your inherited, abnormal foot structure will cause bad posture resulting in chronic pain in your joints and muscles. Unless you effectively treat this foot structure, stretching your body, taking herbs and drinking water will be like putting a band aide on a severed arm.
Effectively treating your abnormal foot structure to permanently eliminate your chronic pain can be done naturally, without drugs or surgery. The method I use to do this is called Rothbart Proprioiceptive Therapy.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
If you would like to contact me regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain