Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Easy Solutions for Nasty Pains

easy solutions for nasty painFor every pain there is a pain killer readily available to snuff it. Small wonder, pain killer abuse has reached an all time high. Pain nature’s way to protest when something is not right with it. Rather than snuffing the voice of the body, pay attention to what it is trying to convey.

Pain becomes more common in winter. This is the time when our joints balk, knees begin to act up and backaches and headaches increase. My Health Guardian tells you easy ways to conquer pains naturally. Think about these before you pop a pill.

1. How to banish backaches
Human body is not designed to sit for long periods on the desk. Backaches result from faulty lifestyle.

  • The best antidote available to pain-free back is to exercise. This may sound strange, because we often feel that rest works in healing our aching backs. Unless your doctor advises bed rest, no need to take a day’s off to nurse your aching back. In fact, rest usually weakens back muscle, which does no good to your backache. On the contrary low level of physical activity puts you in good stead and once you have placated your groaning back, schedule some time for physical activity, in whatever form, like—bicycling—either– stationary or regular, swimming and walking.
  • Revisit your posture. Sit at 135 degree angle when a colleague drops to chat. Walk to the water cooler.
  • Stub that butt. What’s the connection? For uninitiated cigarette leaches calcium out of your bone, thereby making it weak and lowers your immunity too.
  • Lighten your load. Your backpack may be straining your back. Use both straps of the backpack, thereby distributing the weight equally, and if the load is more use backpack with wheels to carry it around.
  • Tweak your technique for lifting heavy object. Lift an object by bending your hips and knees and then squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body while lifting. Push rather than pull when you must move heavy objects.

2. Get a grip on your joints

  • Joints balk when mercury dips. Protect your joints by dressing in layers. Take warm shower in the morning to loosen your joint.
  • Stay active to keep osteoarthritis at bay, a degenerative disease of joints. Buy a good pair of shoes and walk. Cycling is good for knees too.
  • When your knees flare up, use ice compress and bandage to relieve swelling. Put your feet up to drain fluid from the swollen knees. Keep your knees warm with a knee wrap.
  • Investigate about supplements like glucosamine chondriotin to keep your knee joint healthy. Osteoarthritis—a degenerative disease of joints is the No. 1 disease affecting Indians.
  • Use 2-3 drops of pure essential oil of ginger into 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage into affected area. Or use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress on affected area.

3. How to handle headaches
Headaches become quite common as the nip in the air turns to chill. A sudden exposure in the cold air can leave you with a throbbing head for a day or two.

  • Cover your head and feet when you have to go out in the cold.
  • Try inhaling steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it, before you grab a pain killer.
  • Avoide taking a head bath early in the morning and then rushing to work, as can give you a nasty headache. Put that hair dryer to use to semi-dry your hair and you can direct the nozzle of the hair dryer, from a safe distance to dry the remnants of water that can be trapped in your ear canal.
  • Drink warm ginger tea to relieve headache. You can try placing the warm mug on your inflamed sinuses. It helps.
  • Sleep on it. If it fails to relieve headache, only then take a painkiller.
  • Give your eyes rest. Staring at computer screen can give you a headache.
  • Try an antacid before you pop a painkiller to relieve a headache. Staying hungry is well known to cause a headache.
  • Rotate your shoulders at intervals in clockwise and anticlockwise direction to relieve stiffness, which may result in a headache.

4. Fix stomach gripes
Given our lifestyle, stomach pain has become fairly common. You can handle it at home.

  • If your stomach is feeling full and heavy, it’s advisable to skip a meal. Go easy on the meal if the pain occurred instantly all of a sudden as a food may not have suited your stomach.
  • Drink hot water with a pinch of rock salt and ajwain to relieve stomach fullness.
  • Stretch to keep menstrual cramps at bay.

5. When your ear complains Ear pain belongs to high flying executives who spend most of their time glued to their mobiles. There isn’t much you could do about ear pain except giving rest to your ears.

  • Switch off your mobile and give your ears the much deserved rest.
  • If you must talk for long time, try land line phone.

These simple lifestyle changes will help us deal with pain better and not allow pain to interfere in our everyday living.

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