If you are experiencing chronic pain, you’ll want to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of new exercise routine. Pain can be the result of muscle tension and soreness, but it can also indicate some serious conditions. A doctor can rule out any worst-case scenarios and give you the all clear to try some natural methods to manage your pain instead.
Back pain? Try yoga!
Yoga can help relieve lower back pain by stretching and strengthening the muscles in and around your low back. Yoga Journal’s website also has a “poses” section entirely devoted to relieving back pain.
If you’re new to yoga, practicing at home is not the best way to get started. It’s worth investing in some yoga classes with a proper instructor. Yoga poses can be incredibly beneficial, but they can also cause injury if you’re not properly aligned. A good yoga instructor will help you make adjustments as you learn basic yoga poses. They don’t call it “practicing” yoga for nothing! After taking classes for a while, you’ll be able to feel when your body is properly aligned, and then you’re cool to start practicing at home.
Discovery Health also has some great tips for relieving back pain naturally. Check out their list of home remedies for back pain.
Work on posture to relieve neck pain.
Like the infographic mentions, texting is a major contributor to neck and shoulder pain. This is because when we text, we are generally hunched over out phones. Your shoulders slump, and you bend your neck downwards. This doesn’t mean you have to stop texting completely, though!
Balance out that forward-leaning position by doing some exercises to improve your posture. Your neck and shoulders will thank you!
Exercise and supplements for joint pain.
Joint pain can strike pretty much anywhere on your body, and excess weight can be tough on your joints. You don’t have to be a size zero, but if you are overweight, shedding some of those extra pounds will take some of the strain off of your joints. Try adding more low-impact exercise – like walking or swimming – to your daily routine. If your joints are already sensitive, you don’t want to do anything high impact, like running, because that impact can make the pain even worse.
Dr. Sharon Plank made some recommendations over at WebMD for foods and supplements that can also help with joint pain. Here are some of the highlights:
- glucosamine and condroitin
- green tea
- vitamin D
- omega 3s
Do you suffer from chronic pain? What’s worked to give you temporary or long-term relief? Let’s share more ideas in the comments!