Natural Ways to Reduce Pain

Many things can cause lingering pain – from certain diseases or injuries, or recovering from surgery and more. And in some cases, the only thing you can do is look for the best ways to make yourself more comfortable.

Pain management among seniors is a special concern. In fact, more than 50 percent of seniors report having pain, and 75 percent of them report having pain in multiple locations, according to the National Institute of Health.

Luckily, there are several ways pain be alleviated or reduced. While medications are available, both by prescription and over-the-counter, there are also many options to help decrease pain naturally.

One of the best natural ways to reduce pain is through exercise. Even light, simple exercise and stretching can help decrease pain. (Added benefits of exercise can also reduce depression and improve the mood.)

Cold therapy, such as ice packs, can also be a great way to decrease pain, especially when the pain is associated with inflammation.

Acupuncture is another natural option that has been proven to relieve pain. By having a professional use small, thin needles targeted to relieve pain, may people have found relief. Massage therapy is also a choice many use to find relief from pain.

Chronic pain can sometimes be managed by behavior therapy, and coping techniques. Physically therapy can often help pain, too.

Remember when trying new ways to help reduce your pain, whether medically or naturally, you should always visit your physician first.

Are you a senior or a caregiver to a senior that is living with chronic pain?  Give us a call at The Nurses Guild.  Our caregivers are trained on how to manage chronic pain.  We can come to you and help you manage pain in your own home.