ache or pain? What do you do without wasting a lot of time or
money? Here are some tips to get the best results in the least
1. Remove aggravating factors,
2. Add ameliorating/pacifying
3. Get professional help if you are not making enough
this is easy to figure out, as in "Ow! It hurts when I ride
my bike for over an hour!" But often, it is not clear what
is causing a chronic or recurring pain. If the pain is fairly
constant, then suspect any and everything that you do every day
(or nearly every day). You must scrutinize your activities (work
and play), your postures (rest, work, driving and play), and your
intake (food, supplements, and medicationsthey can add to
certain pain problems like low back, groin pain, and sciatica).
Eliminate or minimize each possible suspicious activity for at
least a week, one at a time, starting with the most likely ones.
For instance, for someone struggling with a chronic sore neck,
then get rid of that tall pillow when sleeping on the back or
on the side, or the too flat pillow when side sleeping. If that
doesnt work, then try something else. For someone with hip
pain, stop using the treadmill (or stairmaster, etc.)you
can always start up again if you dont improve in a week.
Notice if you feel better when you are on vacation
the different bed?
the different diet?
the lack of sitting?
lack of work-related activity? It is possible to identify an aggravating
activity by using the scientific, simple approach of elimination.
Remember, for chronic pains, the culprit activity is usually something
you do nearly every day, and thus tend not to suspect it because
it is routine.
depend on the problem. If the culprit is repetitive motion, then
bracing and ergonomic changes to minimize the motion are required.
If the problem involves muscle strain, then anti-inflammatory
approaches are useful, such as ice, wrapping, and topical ibuprofin
cream (which is easier on the liver and kidneys then ingested
anti-inflammatories). If there is simply unexplained pain, pacifying
and cleansing foods can help decrease whole body inflammation
and sensitivity. More vegetables, less toxins (coffee, alcohol,
sugar) can make a big difference. Also, turmeric, the yellow herb,
decreases inflammation, which can then decrease pain. Glucosamine
sulfate, which helps to lubricate and build cartilege, can act
as a pain reliever in some people. There are other products which
can be explored. Try trusted name brands, and ask advice from
those you trust.
are not making enough progress, dont suffer, get help. There
are people who specialize in getting people better. They can make
faster headway than working by yourself. You may need specific
bodywork, stretching or strengthening recommendations or insight
into your lifestyle to make the changes you need in good speed.