7 self-care methods to pain curing

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  It takes a multifaceted approach to take the edge off chronic pain. That means employing a full arsenal of ache-easing weaponry, rather than a single remedy. Yes, it's important to follow your doc's recommended medication plan, but don't stop there. Explore other do-it-yourself remedies until you've developed a combined treatment plan that really pacifies your pain. Here are seven options to try.

Hot Compress or Cold Pack?

  Ice packs can help reduce swelling and numb painful joints and muscles, but some folks prefer moist heat to ease aches. Others find the best relief from a combination of both. Follow these basic guidelines: Use ice -- never heat -- in the first 48 hours after an injury, and make sure never to place an ice pack directly on the skin (use a paper towel or cotton lining). After the first 48 hours, use heat or alternate heat with cold. Not sure which is best? Check with your doctor.

Aid from Analgesics

  Suffering from muscle spasms, a soft-tissue injury, or osteoarthritis? Over-the-counter or prescription analgesic creams containing arnica menthol, wintergreen, peppermint, camphor, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help soothe your pain. Ask your doc whether combining topical analgesics with oral pain relievers might help even more. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or ibuprofen can help reduce pain, as can prescription pain relievers.

Breathe to Ease Pain

  Deep-breathing exercises not only reduce the stress associated with pain (or a crummy day at the office), they may also help tame the pain itself. You can use deep breathing as an emergency pain- or stress-reducing measure. Better yet, make it a daily ritual to see if it dampens overall pain levels and bolsters your mood. Not sure how to breathe more deeply? Follow this step-by-step guide at http://alt-sites.tripod.com/meditation.htm#dipbret .

Meditate to Alleviate Pain 

  Can Zen meditation quell pain? Studies have revealed that people practicing mindfulness meditation are often less sensitive to pain, experience noticeable drops in chronic pain levels, and are better able to cope with pain than folks who don't meditate. One way meditation helps is by boosting production of pain-killing hormones in the brain.

Hypnosis to Help What Hurts?

  Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- is an intentionally induced trance-like mental state thought to make a person more receptive to suggestion and helpful guidance. It has been used to help people lose weight, quit smoking, and enhance athletic performance. Some claim hypnosis also curbs and enhances the ability to cope with pain. However, some people are less susceptible to hypnosis than others, so the technique isn't for everyone. If you want to try it, seek the services of a trained and licensed hypnotherapist or look at this hypnosis document  at http://alt-sites.tripod.com/hypnotism.htm .

Mind over Body Pain

  Can how you think about your pain worsen or improve it? Maybe. Studies examining cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) have found that chronic pain sufferers who undergo CBT become more optimistic about their abilities to relieve and cope with their pain in as little as 6 days. If you want to explore this avenue, ask your doctor for a referral to a psychologist trained in CBT.

Try Tai Chi or Yoga

  Two Eastern forms of meditative exercise -- tai chi and yoga -- are prized for enhancing strength, flexibility, and a calm spirit. Studies have revealed that both may also reduce pain and improve physical function in people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and chronic lower-back pain. Beyond that, both disciplines may lower stress levels and boost overall quality of life in chronic pain sufferers. Discover other tai chi benefits

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