At one stage in your life you would have suffered from pain and like most we either ride it out or took some pain relief medication.  However, for people who suffer from chronic pain it is not as simple, chronic pain is debilitating and for many it just stops you on your tracks.  People suffering from chronic pain are on a cocktail of pain relief drugs just seeking some normality; a way to get your life back.

Whilst the cocktail of drugs may provide the relief; for most people is not sustainable.  For some, the effects of the drugs start to wear off and for others the side effects can be just as bad as the pain itself.  From my perspective, chronic pain sufferers start to feel dependant on the people around them, losing their independence is the hardest thing- they start to wonder if they would ever live a normal life.  This has a huge impact on their emotional health such feeling depressed, lack of hope and for some a feeling to want to end it all.

Whilst there is no silver bullet for chronic pain, our experience has taught us that there are natural pain relief option that can complement your current treatment without compromising it.  We tried all of these options and we found them effective and useful.  The results you will get will vary as everyone is different but one thing is for sure you at least gives you more options which are less toxic on your body.

Things to eat

Eat foods rich in resveratrol. Scientists at Rush Medical University showed that this powerful compound blocks the enzyme that is responsible for tissue degeneration. It’s possible that foods high in resveratrol will slow down disc degradation. Further studies need to be done, but there’s no doubt filling up on these fruits will boost your health.

One food that is high in resveratrol is Grapes. An Ohio University research study shows that 1 cup of grapes eaten daily can bring relief from backache. That’s because grapes contain nutrients that increase blood circulation to the lower back, which in turn alleviates pain.

Try Garlic. In the ancient world, garlic played a starring role as painkiller. Chop up a clove of garlic and heat it in a tablespoon of olive oil or mustard oil. Apply it all over aching joints—you will feel tremendous relief from arthritic pain.

Add Blueberries to your diet,  research shows that 1 cup of blueberries can ward off up to 60% of urinary tract infections. The secret weapon here is antioxidants, which kill the free radicals that inflame the digestive lining. So eating blueberries can keep you free from peptic ulcers, digestive discomfort, and bladder infections.

Add Turmeric to Dishes, the yellow spice common in Indian dishes, contains a chemical called curcumin that may be able to reduce arthritis pain. The secret is its anti-inflammatory properties. The NIH reports that turmeric given to lab rats reduced inflammation in their joints. Research on humans is scarce, but it can’t hurt to add this tasty spice to your dinners.

Include the Right Fatty Acids in Your Diet. Everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids in their diets for optimum health. However, these fats may also help your arthritis. Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3s, may help reduce joint stiffness and pain.

Another fatty acid that can help is gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. It’s found in the seeds of certain plants like evening primrose, borage, hemp, and black currants. You can also buy the oils of the seeds as a supplement. However, be sure to check with your doctor before taking them

Things to try

Try acupuncture. The mechanism of action for the ancient Chinese healing technique of acupuncture is still not completely understood, but it has been proven in medical trials to reduce certain types of chronic pain, including back pain. The needles are super-thin and not painful (which is funny because we are talking about pain relief treatments).

Get more restorative sleep. Getting enough sleep is critical to managing pain and promoting healing, so it’s important to employ a variety of sleep aids to help you get a healthy amount of sleep. Regular exercise that physically exhausts the body is one way to promote deep sleep. Visualisation, meditation, and other psychological techniques can also help you get to sleep and stay asleep. And don’t forget the power of naps.

Try the Shakti mat on a regular basis, you will find pain is reduced for several conditions including severe headaches, migraines, backache, sciatica, muscular tension, back pain, neck pain, etc.  The primary reason why the Shakti works is because when lay on the mat you release endorphins which are you natural powerful pain relievers which many believe have a similar effect on pain as morphine! your body’s natural response to pain – how good is that. For a deeper understanding on how this works on pain see our pain relief article.

We used the Shakti for many years and not only has it provided pain relief, we felt more relaxed and we been able to sleep better after 20 minutes on the mat.  If you are having sleeping problems you can find relief for insomnia by sleeping on the Shakti mat. When you use the Shakti Mat your levels of oxytocin rise, the levels of stress hormones in the body fall. Why? because Oxytocin is the ‘peace and calm’ hormone. Oxytocin promotes the repair of damaged or worn tissues and new cells grow where they are needed. Oxytocin raises the pain threshold, lowers blood pressure and decreases anxieties.

Enjoy a massage. A high quality therapeutic massage gets the blood flowing, which helps nourish and heal the body. Massage also releases endorphins, which are powerful pain relieving substances in the body.  If you use the Shakti Mat before a massage you will get a much deeper and beneficial session as the Shakti will already had your blood flow working better and the massage can build from there.

We hope that you find these natural pain relief tips useful and we hope that you live a healthy and joyful life.