Steps of Pain Intervention~ Identify & Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Updated: Jan 11, 2020
Hi there. Happy, healthy new year to you! I am sure you've heard or read the term very recently, "A new year, a new you!" I think it's safe to say we can all agree to having at least one area in our health that could use some renewing!
Chronic pain is something I see every week in my clients. I hate to see people in physical pain. That is one of the reasons I love what I do- offering people therapeutic bodywork paired with other natural, safe methods of self-care to bring about supportive healing. One way to do this is to go through a simple, 4 Step Pain Intervention model. Please read through these steps and identify your areas and types of pain. TAKE ACTION to gently intervene, regaining your strength and health once again! I am a journaler, so if you are like me, I suggest printing this out, and writing down your PLAN OF ACTION!
*Step 1: KNOW YOUR PAIN AREAS & TYPES (Symptoms of each type)
NERVE: Tingle sensation, burning, pinch, numbness, electric-like shooting pain, loss of limb strength (i.e. arm weakness)
MUSCULAR: Ache, throb, tense, tight, spasms, strain (feels like it was over-used)
BONE/JOINT: Stiff, clicking, inflamed joints, out of alignment (often causes back pain)
INFLAMMATION: Hot, red, swollen, radiating pain
*Step 2: INTERNAL INTERVENTION
Pure water consumption
Supportive 'anti-stress' supplements (see Resources below)
Eliminating these flare-up foods:
Refined sugars (candy, chips, cookies, sugary drinks i.e. soda, juice, energy drinks)
Hydrogenated oils (found in deep-fried foods and fast foods)
Aspartame- Equal, Nutra Sweet, Sweet & Low
Consume healing foods & supplements:
Omegas- salmon, flaxseed, krill
Nuts- walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts
Leafy greens- watercress, kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, beet greens
Berries and superfoods- pomegranate, maca, mangosteen, collagen, beets, mushrooms
Herbs- turmeric, black pepper, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, garlic, cayenne
CBD (this compound comes in various forms, such as tea, oils, and extracts)
*Step 3: EXTERNAL INTERVENTION
Natural topical aids (Essential oil blends, creams, gels, etc.):
Do Terra Deep Blue
Essential Oils: Wintergreen, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender, Arnica, Turmeric, Frankincense, Camphor. * Use a carrier oil. *
Massage (I do NOT recommend deep tissue massage for inflammation type pain)
Baths (or foot baths) with Epsom Salts
Infrared heat therapy
Daily Walking, Stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Swimming
When it comes to exercise, choose a form that you can find some enjoyment in. Otherwise, it is likely you will not stick with it for the long haul, and the long haul is when you receive and physically feel the maximum benefits!
*Step 4: BE CONSISTENT in INTERVENTIONS
Reassess in 2-3 months. Rate your pain every day, from 0 to 5 (0 No pain/5 Worst pain). Do you feel a difference in pain levels? What interventions are working well?
NOTE: If your pain levels are of concern to you, please consult your physician. You may need medical intervention. X-rays, MRIs and CTScan will assist more accurately in diagnosis.
The information in this blog post is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. You are responsible for your own health. Please seek appropriate & professional advice.
WHAT IS YOUR PLAN OF ACTION?
Write it out!
Arnica: Plantlife Relieve Arnica Oil https://amzn.to/2QJ6iWc
CBD oils (for pain and calming stress/anxiety) https://anandacbdoils.com
Other topical aids:
Deep Blue https://amzn.to/306DCd2
Fish Oil/Omega’s, Anti-inflammatory herbs, other supplements:
-Organic India Turmeric Formula https://amzn.to/2Tn34tB
-New Chapter Zyflamend Whole Body (Herbal pain relief) https://amzn.to/2R3sxW1
-Mega Food Turmeric Strength https://amzn.to/37UWL4c
-Barlean’s Fresh Catch Fish Oil, Omega-3, 1000mg EPA/DHA, Orange Flavor https://amzn.to/35Aw6bu
Take action in 2020 and care for your home of a body! :-)