6 Natural Ways To Relieve Body Pain

Suffering from body pain isn’t fun, and neither is ingesting synthetic chemicals for relief. Visit our blog to learn about natural ways to suppress body pain.
6 Natural Ways To Relieve Body Pain
People with arthritis may consider CBD products for pain relief. Image/Shutterstock

There are some things in life that are certainties: that we will die, that we will pay taxes, and that at some point, we will experience at least some degree of body pain. However much of an inevitability that is, what is preventable is the ingestion of unnatural chemicals to suppress the feeling of pain.

After much research, testing, and analysis, nowadays we are spoilt for choice when it comes to natural pain relief. Many over-the-counter options are available, all with potential benefits compared to their synthetic competitors, and more and more links are being drawn between lifestyle choices and pain relief. Read on for a list of natural ways to relieve body pain.

  • 1. CBD creams

  • One of the newest options on the market is CBD. The industry has made progress in leaps and bounds over the past few years, significantly aided by a continuing decrease in marijuana regulation in Canada and the US.

    What this means is that not only can these products now be bought over-the-counter in many places but that the green light (no pun intended) has been given for proper testing, so that the plant’s medicinal properties can be better understood. This means there’s potential for medically useful components to be extracted and put to good use.[1]

    Betoken CBD is one company that’s making waves in the industry. They, along with others, now offer a range of CBD creams, with a variety of strengths and purposes, that can relieve body pain. Taking some of the relaxing properties of the plant—minus the psychoactive components—and using them in an effort to soothe body pain is about as natural a remedy as they come.

  • 2. Physical activity

  • Some people may think that being physically active when suffering physical pain is counterproductive; however, this is not the case. There are of course limits to this, for example, a full gym weight lifting session should only be undertaken by those in sufficiently good health. Movement, though, is crucial for everybody, regardless of physical fitness.[2]

    It might seem odd to recommend physical activity for the same problem you could try addressing by selecting one of the best CBD creams on the market for pain. Still, the benefits of exercise for body pain make sense. Exercise strengthens muscles and gets your blood pumping, which brings nutrients and oxygen to your joints. Plus, there’s a psychological boost, as physical activity releases endorphins.

  • 3. Turmeric

  • The term “superfood” is used quite liberally nowadays. Despite its vague and undefinable meaning, there is a growing range of foods that make the cut like garlic, kale, tomatoes, avocado, and increasingly, turmeric.

    Turmeric is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance purported to help fight against cancer. While progress to suggest its benefits in animals is making progress, a conclusive analysis in humans is not yet complete. However, scientists are finding links between spice consumption and increased life expectancy, promoting turmeric for more reasons than just pain relief.[3][4]

    As an ingredient, turmeric is also very versatile. It is most famously used in curries, although it can also be used in soups, sauces, and even in more experimental ways like in a turmeric latte.

  • 4. Get social

  • Have you ever had someone punch you in the arm when you felt pain in your body? Or have you heard that “laughter is the best medicine”? Those two methods are certainly not recommended from a medical standpoint, but there is an overlapping sense of truth within them.

    Being busy, having fun, and focusing our attention on positive things and people is considered to be a way to channel our pain receptors away from our body pain. Sufferers of chronic pain who also have larger and more active social networks are more likely to consider their pain less severe, or find their day-to-day activities less impacted.[5]

  • 5. Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture is a traditional style of pain treatment that was first definitively referenced all the way back in 100 BCE in a Chinese text. It involves inserting numerous needles into the skin. When inserted, they are sometimes turned, moved, or have pressure applied. The practice can be used for the treatment of many kinds of ailments, but in the West is primarily used for pain.

  • 6. Get a massage

  • A massage is considered the height of luxury for many people. Often you don’t need too much of an excuse to get one, but if you’re in pain, this might be the extra bit of convincing that you need.

    Massages can be used to treat mild body pain, or more severe cases that come from conditions like arthritis. A massage is a therapeutic experience and has many benefits for body pain such as:

    • Loosening your muscles
    • Increasing blood flow
    • Promoting mental calm and clarity.

In conclusion

Body pain is a common condition that we all will face at some point. Taking note of some natural remedies like CBD creams, exercise, acupuncture, massages, and anti-inflammatory foods like turmeric can potentially minimize the impacts and severity of body pain.

References

[1] "Here's how legal weed will play out in America," Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-how-legal-weed-will-play-out-in-america-120705327.html
[2] "Chronic pain sufferers should take exercise, not analgesics, says Nice," Source: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/07/chronic-pain-sufferers-should-take-exercise-not-analgesics-says-nice
[3] "Why ls Turmeric Good for Me?" Source: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/why-ls-turmeric-good-for-me
[4] "Spicy Foods Linked To Longer Life, Study Finds," Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2015/08/05/study-can-spicy-food-actually-increase-life-span/?sh=278143c24596
[5] "Association of Resilience and Social Networks with Pain Outcomes Among Older Adults," Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30801238/
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Jason Vredenburg, RD

Jason Vredenburg is a nutrition writer with over twenty years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. He has researched and written nu

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