Following on from last week’s blog post regarding the natural pain relieving benefits of low frequency and intensity PEMF therapy, we felt it appropriate to continue this important theme and offer some broader advice on the subject, taken from our extensive experience as primary healthcare practitioners. Before we get on to our tips, let’s remind ourselves of the scale of the problem in the UK.
According to a study carried out in 2016 by researchers from Imperial College London, Arthritis Research UK and the University of Aberdeen, chronic pain affects between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK, corresponding to just under 28 million adults.
Over the past decade, prescriptions for opioid painkillers such as Co-codamol and Tramadol have risen by an alarming 400% in the UK.
In 2012, ten million people were prescribed an opioid painkiller, which was more than double the next nearest EU country.
For those wishing to avoid the negative effects of pain medication, who are looking for a more natural alternative, please read on.
Top 10 Natural Pain Relief Tips:
1. Use daily low level PEMF therapy
Research has demonstrated that PEMF therapy can help to stimulate the production of endorphins, the body’s natural pain reliever. It can also help to reduce muscle tension and inflammation. Unlike conventional pain relieving medication, you cannot overdose on low frequency and intensity PEMF therapy. Because it helps the cells within the body to improve their function, PEMF therapy can also work alongside the other tips on this list to complement their beneficial effects.
2. Have regular massage
Massage therapy has been shown to increase levels of endorphins and serotonin, which are the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators, and also to help reduce stress hormone levels.
3. Practice relaxation skills
Meditation, mindfulness and abdominal breathing techniques can help to calm your nervous system and reduce muscular tension. Regular use of relaxation skills can help to combat the negative effects of stress and help improve pain levels experienced within the body.
4. Get 7-9 hours sleep
An alarming four out of five people complain of disturbed sleep. Not getting enough sleep makes people more sensitive to pain. Tests show that keeping people up all night makes it easier for them to feel pain. Getting good sleep can function like low level pain medication.
5. Do yoga
Research has demonstrated that yoga can be effective in addressing chronic pain including osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that yoga participants can experience reductions in joint pain, muscle stiffness, and overall physical discomfort while also improving their flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength.
6. Seek osteopathic treatment
Osteopaths use a wide variety of techniques to help improve the quality of function within the musculoskeletal system. Osteopathy is suitable for almost any individual and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of pain related conditions including low back and neck pain, arthritis and headaches. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends osteopathy for sub-acute and chronic low back pain.
Researchers have found that acupuncture can provide relief from common forms of pain. A review of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants found that acupuncture relieved pain by about 50%.
8. Eat and drink these
Studies have shown that the following, when taken in certain quantities, can offer natural pain relieving properties; Caffeine (100 – 130mg), Turmeric (1 organic tsp daily added to cooking), Green Tea (2-3 cups per day), Cayenne Pepper (apply topically!), Cinnamon (half a teaspoon mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey daily), Salmon (twice weekly serving) and Devils claw root tea (4-5g brewed daily).
9. Take these supplements
Studies have shown that the following supplement doses can contribute to natural pain relief; Omega 3 (3000mg daily), Vitamin D3 (2000 IU daily), Rosehip extract (500mg daily), Ginger (250g powdered capsule), Glucosamine (1500mg daily), Chondroitin (800-1200mg daily) and Magnesium (250-500mg daily).
10. Use brain entrainment technology
Scientists at The University of Manchester have recently shown for the first time that if the brain is ‘tuned-in’ to a particular frequency, pain can be alleviated. They found that a short presentation of auditory and visual stimuli, oscillating in the alpha range, can have a pain relieving effect on acute laser pain, with the largest effect following the 10-Hz visual stimulation.
Follow our EMPpad top ten tips to help beat pain naturally. To find out more about the work we do at EMPpad visit www.emppad.com.