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Since having my three children (particularly my youngest two), I have been left with a nagging lower back pain. This pain is further aggravated by my nursing career in which heavy lifting, prolonged standing/walking, and strenuous movements are a regular part of my day. Fortunately, I have found simple and effective ways to cope with and even overcome this bothersome pain. Listed below are my top 5 ways to assist in naturally relieving pain.
1. Curamin® Stop Pain Now
Curamin® Extra Strength is an amazing herbal formula that has targeted ingredients for safe and effective pain relief*. What makes this pain reliever stand out is that it doesn’t simply mask occasional pain, but actually gets to the source and stops it. The four primary ingredients that help to stop pain are:
- BCM-95® Curcumin absorbs better than plain curcumin extracts
- BosPure® Boswellia is clinically studied and uniquely standardized to provide more AKBA and virtually no pro-inflammatory beta-boswellic acid
- DLPA helps support the effects of endorphins
- Nattokinase supports blood flow, aiding the other ingredients in in Curamin to reach all areas of the body
Curamin® has been recognized throughout the natural product industry for pain relief with 28 awards and counting. This pain reliever has truly worked for me in reducing my pain so I can get a good night’s sleep and go about my day as usual at work and home with my three little ones. I also do not experience any side effects from the supplement. I love that Curamin® is non-GMO, vegan and free of added sugar, salt, yeast, gluten, corn, dairy, artificial colors/flavors/preservatives. I pick up Curamin at my local natural grocer’s store but it is also available at fine health food stores nationwide or online here.
Yoga not only helps to relieves stress and anxiety (which can aggravate pain) but also aids in relieving and preventing chronic pain*. Three simple poses that are effective in reducing pain in are: cobra, downward dog, and warrior pose.
Cobra is an excellent pose for reducing back pain while also increasing spine flexibility. To practice this pose: lie face-down, with legs and feet extended behind (do not tuck feet). Place hands on either side, palms down, on floor beneath shoulders. Draw legs together while pushing tops of feet into the mat. Keep elbows close to the sides of your body. Using strength the of your gluteals and back, lift head and chest, keeping shoulders back. Inhale 3-4 deep breaths before slowly lowering to the floor, turning head to one side.
Downward dog increases flexibility, strengthens arms and legs, and is excellent for low/mid back pain as well as neck pain. To practice this pose: start on your hands and knees with your hands slightly forward of your shoulders and knees directly below your hips. Turn hands slightly out and tuck toes under. Exhale as you lift knees away from the mat, lengthen tailbone, straighten legs, and lift your pelvis up and back, creating an V shape. Your head should drop so that you are looking at your feet.
Warrior pose is a general yoga pose that has several benefits including strengthening the shoulders, arms, legs, and back. It opens your hips and chest while stretching arms, legs, shoulders, neck, abdomen, groins and ankles which can be helpful in reducing/preventing pain. To practice this pose: Step feet widely apart, about 3-4 feet. Turn right foot out 90 degrees and left foot inward about 45 degrees. Bring hands to hips, relax shoulders and then extend arms out to the sides with palms down.
Bend right knee 90 degrees, keeping knee over ankle; gaze out over right hand. Hold pose for 1 minute and then switch sides to repeat process.
3. Heat Therapy
Heat therapy is a great way to relieve pain quickly to an affected area. When therapeutic heat is applied to the pain afflicted area, there is a resulting increased circulation due to the increase in temperature. This rise in temperature works to soothe muscle discomfort, increase flexibility and heal damaged tissue. One easy DIY method for heat therapy is to create a rice sock which can be applied to areas of pain. Simply fill a clean, thick sock with dry rice (do not pack to tightly) and tie off end with string. Place a small cup of water in microwave along with rice sock. Microwave for 1-2 minutes and apply to afflicted area.
Meditation can be an effective treatment to provide improved circulation, deeper relaxation, decreased stress levels, and a reduction in your perception of pain. It works best when practiced on a daily basis. Decide on a length of time that you will meditate. Find a peaceful and quiet environment and sit or lie in a comfortable position. Close eyes and breathe naturally. Clear your mind and focus attention on how the body moves with each breath in and out. You may also focus on one thing during mediation only such as mantra or visual object. Refocus your mind as needed when it wanders. Maintain this meditation for 2-3 minutes to start, and then increase for longer periods as you advance.
Massage therapy is another non-medicinal alternative to pain relief. Massage eases pain in several ways including increasing blood flow to sore joints and muscles, triggering the release of natural painkillers, and relieving tension. Massage would be an excellent addition to a pain relief regimen. Fortunately, massage therapy has become quite common and licensed massage therapists can be found nationwide.
*Consult with your doctor before beginning any new supplement.
*Consult with your doctor before practicing yoga or beginning any new form of physical activity or exercise.