In my Mesa, Arizona chiropractic office I see many suffering from pain. Most desire to rid them selves from the negative effects of pain medication, In order to treat pain without the use of drugs it is important to understand how pain occurs. Pain is a response to a signal transmitted by chemical reactions; the same chemical reaction that produces inflammation. When you sprain your back for example, the muscles and ligaments inflame producing pain. The use of anti-inflammatory medication reduces these chemicals temporarily. So, if we wish to reduce inflammation and pain without the use of a drug we need alternatives.
In every first aid course there is an acronym that must be learned: R.I.C.E. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Each contributes to the reduction of inflammation,, however it is the use of ice that I believe is most essential. When applying ice to your painful muscle or joint there are simple rules to follow. First, never apply ice directly to the skin. Second, you must leave the ice on the area long enough to feel the “burning” sensation; usually 15 to 20 minutes. This burning sensation will last for only a few seconds (30 to 45). Lastly, never leave the ice on for more than 20 minutes
Fish oil is very popular these days for the use of many things but did you know that it reduces inflammation? Studies have shown that fish oil is helpful for patients with neck pain and back pain, as well as joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and ulcerative colitis. You should not take fish oil if you are taking significant blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin).
Calcium with Vitamin D is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Low back pain and widespread pain that can be confused with fibromyalgia are also known to be associated with vitamin D deficiency. We get vitamin D from the sun and from our kidneys but the added supplementation is helpful especially for those couped up indoors.
Protease Enzyme is powerful at reducing inflammation and pain in the body. Be careful though, too much of this wonderfully natural product can cause stomach upset.
Magnesium: This important mineral works hand in hand with calcium to help reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body. The average American’s intake of magnesium is well below the recommended daily allowance (RDA) and this has been associated with the expression of numerous conditions including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, headache, chronic inflammation, and an increase in nervous system excitability. Approximately 400 mg of supplemental magnesium per day is thought to be adequate for most individuals.
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