Healthier Pain Management
Health conscious people seem to have a few things in common with the way they live their lives. They often put emphasis on participation in physical activities, sports, and eating for health. Along with the desire to keep learning about what is naturally best for your physical body, the natural curiosity on how to stay out of a hospital and use more natural methods for pain and discomfort is often a priority.
There are many great ways to look after yourself without going to visit a doctor. Learning alternative methods on how to look after yourself is just as valuable as learning how to fix things yourself. No one cares more than you. Just like the satisfaction of learning to fix a household appliance yourself, saving yourself a good chunk of savings, learning how to treat pain naturally and with confidence can serve a lifetime of rewards.
It is important to know your options when you don’t feel your best physically. Perhaps you had a strenuous day doing an activity that woke up muscles you haven’t used in a while, and now you’re walking with a limp. Or you’ve been a little too aggressive on the tennis court and fall the wrong way.
When Waiting for Healing Isn’t Working Well
That’s what happened to our son Matthew who has taken an active interest in leveling up his JuJitsu skills this past year getting in 4-6 workouts in JuiJitsu a week. He was going strong, assuming his body would be there for him every tumble he took.
One fall onto the mat did not agree with him. He landed on his hip the wrong way, and he was sore the next day, and the next, and the next. He was limping with every step he took. Every time he thought he felt better, he would go back to the gym and spar, only to find out he wasn’t better, and he seemed to get his hip reinjured. A month passed after he realized he needed to sit out one hundred percent. But the weeks went by, and his hip did not seem to be getting better.
What is Acupuncture?
In Chinese medicine, it is said that pain is caused when the energy pathways of our body are pinched or blocked. There is a distinct flow of energy, the Chinese call it “chi.” If all is right with the body, the chi is uninterrupted, and it flows freely. If the body is not at ease, in a state of “dis-ease” or in pain, it is said that their natural energy flows are blocked or hindered in some way.
Acupuncture involves tiny needles that are placed in the chi pathways of the body. These placements of needles stimulate neural-hormonal pathways. Once in place, they aid in the release of pain and inflammation reducing hormones. This, in turn, aids in the healing process.
Stimulating the body’s chi pathways is also said to increase circulation, which services the injury with more blood flow, giving it more nutrition and oxygen required for healing.
Let’s Try It!
Our son was not getting better fast enough and was missing too much activity. We needed to try something else to speed up the healing. A non-invasive pain management solution was first on the list.
We agreed to go and get our son’s sore hip checked out by an acupuncture professional first because this discipline has thousands of years of success stories. Surely this discipline could help speed up the healing? One look at his lower back and the acupuncturist said that she could see the muscle spasm pulling up on his hip. I asked if she could show me, and she pointed to his left and right side of his lower back for inspection. One side of his lower back was indeed higher than the other. This was from a very tight muscle spasm, which was the cause of all of his discomfort for the past few weeks.’
The insertion of the needles into his mid and lower back, as well as on some points on his legs were what the acupuncturist applied, turned them while in place, and let him rest for about 20 minutes while he listened to relaxing music and took a nap. When asked what it felt like, Matthew said that at the very worst, it felt like someone was pulling out a body hair when the needle went in for some of them, but for most of the needles, he could barely feel them being inserted. It was not painful at all.
Did It Work?
When the 20 minute wait time was up, and the acupuncture therapist took the needles out, Matthew stood up. She directed him to move in the way that the pain previously did not allow him to move. Matthew moved around on his hip in directions that were painful prior to the appointment. He was surprised that he no longer felt his hip movement was arrested. There was very little resistance or pulling feeling. He indicated that an impressive 85% of his movement ability on that hip was restored, immediately after the treatment. It was like a new found freedom was just attained! Freedom from pain. Incredible results.
Assessment: Acupuncture worked impressively well with immediate results for a sore hip causing a limp. This therapy is highly recommended!
2 At Home Products for Stress and Pain Management
To increase blood flow without the insertion of needles or an office visit, acupuncture mats have become very popular. They are easy to use and store, and non-invasive. It takes a little practive and multiple uses for this to become easier. It feels similar to laying on a bed of nails. It could be painful, but the pain is positive, and you can feel the blood flow rushing to your back, nurturing and healing all at the same time. These mats are also great for standing on with bare feet, or laying on it on your back to target the pressure points in the feet. Parts of the body that are stressed, need more circulation, attention and relaxation are targeted.
There are many of these types of acupuncture mats, some with memory foam and all sorts of extras for a cost of near $80 or more, but spending $80 is not necessary to receive full benefits. A moderately or even low priced product like the one at this link works just as well with fantastic results.
Trying products like these is very little risk for a boat load of reward. Your body will thank you for it!
Acupuncture Foot Insoles
Something like this foot insole could help relax the body with every step. Some complain that wearing them are painful at first, but this means that you likely need them more, the more painful they are for you. With time, they heal your chi pathways and become less uncomfortable. If you keep your feet flexible and don’t wear uncomfortable shoes, you will find these less painful, and some report feeling no pain at all, just a good massage for well deserving feet.
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