Learn How To Manage Chronic Pain Naturally

Learn How To Manage Chronic Pain Naturally
Angela Watson Robertson
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Angela Watson Robertson Nutrition

Anyone who suffers from chronic pain will tell you that keeping the pain at bay can become a focal point that interrupts nearly every aspect of life. Learning how to manage chronic pain naturally can feel like turning the corner toward a happier, healthier existence. Natural alternatives do exist that offer sustainable relief from chronic pain. Making adjustments to diets, adding supplements and focusing on mindfulness and movement can lead to a powerful impact on overall wellbeing that chronic pain sufferers seek – even beyond pain reduction. So why suffer in pain any longer? Let’s get started with some easy-to-implement tips on how to manage chronic pain naturally.

4 Steps to Conquer Chronic Pain – The Natural Way

  1. Why your diet matters. We’ve all heard the adage, “food is medicine.” Of course, this is true in many aspects of our overall wellness efforts, but in few areas, is it as impactful as when drilling down on how to manage chronic pain naturally. An anti-inflammatory diet, when coupled with other elements of wellness, can help those suffering from chronic pain. According to Harvard Medical School, inflammation is the body’s way of rushing to the rescue when an injury or illness is posing a threat. Unfortunately, in many cases, this inflammation response does not shut off when it’s supposed to, leading to a potential multitude of health problems that range from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, depression to a heightened level of chronic pain, which you may be experiencing. 

    Anti-inflammatory diets are a common topic in the news and on the web these days. The overview is that, by avoiding sugary, processed foods, we can reduce inflammation in our bodies and reduce chronic pain triggers. These inflammation-triggering foods would be replaced with whole, nutrient-rich, plant-based foods. Dairy and red meat might also be eliminated or reduced to lessen chronic pain symptoms made worse by inflammation. In essence, food the right food really can be your medicine. 

  2. Add a supplement regimen. Supplements can be a key tool in mastering how to manage chronic pain naturally. The good news is natural supplements generally (like dietary changes) have little or no side effects or long-term implications to worry about. We’ve researched a few standouts that have been shown to reduce chronic pain when coupled up with other natural strategies.
    • Turmeric – Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a root that has been known to reduce inflammation. Turmeric can be found in powder, tea, liquid or capsule form and is recommended at a minimum dosage of 500 mg daily for back and joint pain. 
    • Glucosamine & Chondroitin – Glucosamine and chondroitin are currently in the body, helping to make up the cartilage. Often sold together, these supplements may be able to offer a natural chronic relief option. 
    • Vitamin D – According to a 2011 study of breast cancer patients, vitamin D eases chronic pain because it limits inflammation. Vitamin D helps to prevent the immune system from responding, which can lead to chronic inflammation, also known as pain1. The recommended dosage is at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily. An easy supplement to add in your morning routine.
    • DHA/EPA (fish oil) – New research shows that essential fatty acids, DHA and EPA, promote a class of compounds called resolvins, which restore nerve and immune cell function to normal in a timelier manner, thus getting rid of excess pain. Two to three grams daily have been to reduce the need for NSAID drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen), as shown in a 2012 university study with 380 arthritis patients who took this dosage for more than three months. These numbers don’t lie. 
    • CBD Oil – You’ve likely heard about the many benefits of CBD has to offer. Because it’s such a powerhouse of natural goodness, Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has risen to center attention in natural health circles. CBD which does not contain the mind-altering substance THC and, as such, is widely available in most of the U.S. While CBD is commonly used for conditions like anxiety and insomnia, it has recently become a consideration for those learning how to manage chronic pain naturally. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed good results in animal testing for use of CBD applied to the skin for arthritis sufferers. Another study in that same Journal demonstrated that CBD was able to stop inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. 

  3. Calm the mind, keep pain at bay. Medical science and psychology have intersected to sing the praises of using mindfulness and meditation to help deal with and even reduce the existence of chronic pain. Dr. Danny Penman, in his book You Are Not Your Pain: Using Mindfulness to Relieve Pain, Reduce Stress, and Restore Well-Being – An Eight-Week Program, describes using meditation to take back the volume control on chronic pain. 

  4. Movement options battle pain. It may seem counterintuitive, but movement is an excellent way to combat chronic pain. Modalities like restorative yoga, tai chi, walking and Qi Gong can all help to increase blood flow and prevent stiffness that can acerbate chronic pain. By calming the nervous system, lubricating the joints and increasing blood circulation, chronic pain sufferers find relief through movement.
Angela Watson Robertson
Written by
Angela Watson Robertson Nutrition

Angela Watson Robertson, MBA, CIHC, INHC is a well-known nutrition and wellness blogger and board-certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who teaches you how to reinvent your life starting with the food you eat. She specializes in helping women 35+ thrive despite chronic pain and illness, endometriosis, perimenopause, and anxiety. Learn more about her at www.angelawatsonrobertson.com and connect with her on Instagram @6foothealthcoach.