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Published on September 14, 2017

Shoulder Muscle Pain

Natural Tools Can Stop New Aches, Chronic Pain

If you've got a new ache or a chronic pain, there are many natural tools that you can try. With our help, we can really make big differences.

Sometimes, as we work together, we can find just one effective tool to help you with a pain that has cropped up for you. Other times, especially with chronic pain, you may benefit from combining multiple tools together to help you feel your best.

More Relaxing Than Anything

One of my favorite tools for pain management is acupuncture. Acupuncture can be an effective tool to treat or manage just about any type of pain. It involves the use of thin hair-like needles being inserted at various points on the body.

Most people, at first hearing "needles" worry a bit, but I have worked with hundreds of people who do really well with their acupuncture treatments. They actually find it relaxing when they give an honest try.

Depending on how long your pain has been a part of your life, you may require several treatments. For some of my patients, that could be a half-dozen or more treatments over a period of time. Since this approach is natural, and the treatment has little to no side effects, it's safe to add acupuncture to other approaches or medications that you may already be using for pain.

Food as a Pain-Fighting Tool

Food is an important tool to consider when fighting pain, no matter if it is new or chronic.

When you consider the food you typically consume, you may not realize it, but those foods are telling your body to do certain things. Some foods end up feeding disease or contributing to ongoing inflammation in your body.

But other foods actually aim to help your body heal, and they combat inflammation while fighting off disease. I think a lot of people tend to underestimate the power of this tool.

In all of my years working as a physician, I have been truly amazed at the positive effects that come with just changing diet. I can't even begin to tell you all of the symptoms and conditions I have personally seen improve solely based on dietary changes. Often times, you may have reservations on changing how you eat, and we can help you figure it out. One approach, known as an elimination diet, helps you simply by taking out packaged and processed foods while increasing your intake whole foods such as your fresh vegetables and fruits.

Behavioral changes are hard - I understand. But when it comes to day-in, day-out pain - don't you want to get rid of it? You can get on that path with some gradual but steady approaches to the way you eat.

Adding a Few Key Things

Supplements can be beneficial when it comes to pain. While reviewing the food you eat and making good changes can help, so too can adding a few common examples of supplements that will help reduce the pain you might face. You can include your Omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, magnesium and SAMe with the use of these effective and affordable supplemental nutrient.

The wealth of supplemental nutrition can be a confusing sea of information, and when you work with me or others on our team, we'll make sure you have the best evidence-based information to guide your decisions. We can also provide you alternatives, so you don't have to start from scratch and hope you can make a good choice. Again: these nutrient-packed supplements are another tool to get that pain out of the way of your life and its many rewards.

Get Moving - It'll Always Help

Another tool in our fight against pain is any movement or some form of exercise. Essential for us all, it's particularly a good tool to consider for ongoing pain, because even simple movement can lessen the aches and stiffness that you might face.

Developing your own stretching routine, walking outdoors, warm water exercises and Tai Chi, which can even be done in a sitting position, all are easily approached, even if you have been less active for many years. We help a lot of folks get into yoga as beginners, and in some cases, that help with pain and even gets them limber enough to consider more vigorous exercise, over time. You and I both know that many medical studies show the proof: the numerous benefits of exercise can fight a host of different symptoms, including pain.

Relaxing Isn't Just For Stress

The last items I'll mention focus on the stress that everyone faces in this busy age in which we live. Stress can make chronic pain worse and it could be at the root of a new ache or tenderness you're feeling, and that's why I encourage many of my patients to consider massage therapy as well as essential oils. Both offer refuge from stress and maybe considered as additional tools in the fight against paint.

Massage therapy is not just a luxury; it is a medical tool with research backing just how effective it can be. I have had a number of patients who gave massage therapy a try and found it to be among the most significant tools to fight the pain they felt. It just works.

Essential oils do as well, because when you work with our trained staff, we can find a combination of these relaxing scents that allow your body to do the work necessary to ease that pain and make your life's quality improve. There are a number of combinations, and we'd be happy to help you figure out how they can significantly improve how you feel and most importantly, decrease pain.

Pain is something Americans face more than almost any other condition, illness or disease, and I look forward to the chance to help you explore the tools that will work best for your pain and symptoms.

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