“I go to nature to be soothed, healed and have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs
Finding relief, rejuvenation, and improved health naturally is a practice that is no longer relegated to the fringes of medical literature and social acceptance. In fact, there is a broad body of research to support what many humans have known for eons.
Nature possesses a variety of benefits for supporting mental and physical health. And for bringing relief of muscle pain.
OTC Meds, NSAIDS, and Nature
Many over-the-counter medications work to reduce inflammation, particularly in muscle tissues, which contribute to most muscle pain. However, there are several natural alternatives to these manufactured anti-inflammatories including Omega-3 fatty acids.
These nutrients, which are abundant in fatty fish such as cod, are a type of fat the body cannot make on its own. And they happen to be among the most potent of natural anti-inflammatory supplements. These supplements may help fight several types of inflammation, including vascular inflammation.
In addition, according to a report in the Evidence-Based Practice journal, taking regular supplements of Omega-3 fish oil has been shown to help reduce muscle soreness after exercise.
But there’s much more.
As one article noted, “Research today confirms the profoundly healing and restorative effects of nature on our mind and body. For instance, there are studies that show that some trees emit invisible chemicals known as phytoncides that have the potential to reduce stress hormones like cortisol, lower blood pressure and improve immunity.
There is also plenty of research that proves that people who live closer to open green spaces are healthier and live longer.
The Japanese practice of forest bathing (basically just being in the presence of trees) is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well being.”
Muscle Pain Relief – A Naturopathic Cornucopia
Nature, it seems, has provided the human race with a fascinating bounty of foods and plants that provide a variety of healing properties. Among these are several anti-inflammatory substances that can help bring relief from muscle pain.
Blueberries are a great source of antioxidants and polyphenols, both of which have anti-inflammatory effects. One study found that adding blueberries to your diet may improve exercise performance and decrease inflammatory markers.
Pomegranates also contain large amounts of polyphenols, as well. The antioxidant capacity of pomegranate juice is potentially three times higher than that of green tea, according to some studies. And another study of elite weightlifters found that pomegranate juice may help speed up muscle recovery.
Magnesium is vital for nearly all bodily functions and is especially important for proper muscle contractions. Foods high in magnesium include certain nuts such as cashews and almonds, as well as black beans, and spinach.
Curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties, is found in turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. And studies that have been done show that curcumin may decrease inflammatory markers after exercise. In addition, evidence has shown that taking a curcumin supplement or incorporating turmeric, cinnamon, or ginger, into a healthy diet may help relax the muscles.
CBD, or cannabidiol, oil is used by many people today to help treat chronic pain, including muscle pain. There is growing volumes of research suggesting that it may also work as a muscle relaxer, a purpose for which CBD is commonly used. Derived from cannabis plants, CBD contains two particular anti-inflammatory agents that act as muscle relaxers:
- Delta-limonene, which is also in citrus fruits
- Beta-myrcene, which is also in lemongrass and basil
While none of these natural substances and supplements are touted as a “cure-all” for what ails you, they can certainly provide much-needed relief from various types of muscle pain as well as other health benefits.
However, when it comes to achieving total relief from chronic pain, you need the added benefit of a knowledgeable pain relief practitioner.
Beyond Just Pain Relief – Becoming Pain-Free with Pain and Performance Solutions
Overuse of OTC drugs such as NSAIDS can lead to other health issues and will never prevent chronic pain. However, the best step for not only recovering from that pain but becoming pain-free is to make an appointment with Pain and Performance Solutions and let us get to know you and your pain issues.
Once you make your first appointment, we’ll want to learn about your present discomfort as well as any history of pain.
After providing you with a full examination, we can determine which form of treatment is needed to help you on your road to recovery.
Often, when pain occurs, our bodies will try to compensate for the pain in order to allow us to get through the day with less pain. However, because our bodies have shifted that pain around to compensate for our discomfort, this often leads to other areas of pain.
Getting chronic pain relief with therapies such as Proprioceptive – Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR®) and Active Release Technique® (ART®)can only begin when we can understand where your pain started. That could mean it started previously with another injury you might have sustained.
Your trust in us and your openness is key. Getting your body to work properly and healthy is the only way to achieve total recovery. So, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here to help and will answer any, and all questions that you may have.