6 Ways to Manage Pain

If you suffer from certain types of acute or chronic pain, there are alternative and complementary health approaches that may help you manage it. Acupuncture, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are just a few of the techniques that you may try to help manage your pain. Read more to learn about these and other pain management techniques.

If you are experiencing pain, talk with your healthcare provider before trying any of these, or other, pain management techniques.

Acupuncture

Used to treat various medical concerns, acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing technique that uses fine needles for therapeutic purposes. The thin needles are inserted through your skin at specific points on your body. Researchers don’t fully understand how acupuncture works. One theory is that it affects the chemicals in the body that lessen pain and control blood flow.

Deep breathing exercises

You don’t have to head to a packed gym or busy clinic to practice deep breathing exercises. Find a comfortable place to sit and imagine a peaceful place. Then, take one normal breath followed by a slow, deep breath through your nose, letting your chest and stomach area expand as much as possible. Then breathe out slowly through your mouth or nose. Follow this breathing pattern for several minutes. Some studies suggest that breathing exercises may have a positive effect on lower back pain.

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract

Let’s start at the root: hemp. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber over 10,000 years ago. Hemp is naturally derived and used in production of many items, like sandals, paper products, and an estimated 50,000 other products! Full spectrum hemp extract refers to pure oil, obtained from hemp that contains all the same cannabinoids and compounds found in the original hemp plant. Unlike isolated or synthetic cannabinoids, full-spectrum hemp oil contains an array of cannabinoids; many essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes are also present and active. Vitamin E in hemp extract is gentle enough for all skin types, so it can also be used by topical application. Essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6, which are scientifically proven to improve risk factors for heart disease and help with anxiety and depression, highly active in hemp. It contains a wide list of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals alone, but can be extremely beneficial when used in a mixture. You can combine hemp extract with a number of other natural ingredients, like lavender for relaxation or shea butter for silky smoothness.  ________

The Bottom Line? Hemp has been proven to be substantial and vital in many ways, so naturally we cannot rule out its benefits. Whether in a solid, liquid, or even minced form, hemp is beneficial and should always be considered as a natural supplement and treatment for various conditions. We hope this helps you fully understand the spectrum of hemp extract. To purchase a full spectrum hemp extract product please click HERE.

Massage

Massage therapy is more than just an indulgence. It involves the treatment of soft tissues and muscles that may help relieve musculoskeletal-related pain. Researchers are currently studying the effects of massage therapy in people with back, neck, hand, and knee pain. Earlier studies have shown beneficial effects in those with chronic hand and neck pain. Types of massage therapy include Swedish massage, sports massage, and trigger point massage.

Tai chi

Tai chi is a slow-moving, low-impact meditative exercise that originated in China. It involves breathing deeply as you move slowly, gently, and with awareness. Research suggests that practicing tai chi may help relieve chronic pain in people with osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and osteoporosis.

Yoga

This ancient practice is used for relaxation and to improve various health conditions. It combines a series of postures, controlled breathing exercises, and meditation to help keep the body fit and the mind focused. Studies suggest that people with long-term low-back pain who practice a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may have less pain and improved ability to walk and move.

Talk with your healthcare provider to learn more about these and other ways you can help manage the pain.

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