Chronic pain can be devastating, both physically and emotionally and can impact almost every aspect of someone’s life.
The opioid epidemic in the United States is a major problem for our society. Opioid addiction and related opioid deaths are an epidemic that are occurring in almost every community and at every socioeconomic level.
What is Pain?
Pain should be our ally and not our enemy. Pain is a warning sign that there is a problem. If the pain gets worse during an activity, it is a good idea to curtail that activity.
Pain is a complex and multifactoral experience and many areas of the brain are involved.
There are pain endings called nociceptors. It is normal to have several billion nociceptor nerve ending firings in the human body per second, even when a person isn’t in pain. The vast majority of these impulses are filtered out. Pain isn’t perceived until the nociceptor firings are significantly increased.
Factors Related to Pain Perception
- Your mental resiliency or toughness.
- What you are focusing on at the time.
- Your ability to take your focus off of the pain and onto something positive.
- What your general emotional state was at that moment.
- Your perception as to how serious a condition or an injury is that is causing the pain. This is also impacted by visually looking at an injury or what someone is telling you about your condition.
- Emotionally processing how severe your pain is and how it will be impacting your work, a sport that you play, an activity that you participate in or your ability to function through your normal daily activities.
- Your fear that the pain may be a sign of something serious or possibly even life threatening.
One important concept that eludes many is that just because you are not in pain, doesn’t mean that there is nothing wrong. We have all heard of cases where someone was feeling “fine” and they were dead in less than a week. There are sometimes serious subclinical pathologies that are going on with no perceived pain.
How to Naturally Relieve Chronic Pain
- Diet – Try to avoid processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, sugar, gluten and all types of artificial sweeteners and chemical additives. Try to eat a diet rich is fresh raw produce, that is low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats. Healthy fats are not polyunsaturated fats, but come from foods that are high in omega 3 fats, such as salmon; high in monounsaturated fats, such as avocados; and high in healthy saturated fats, such as grass-fed beef.
- Drink plenty of fresh and pure water.
- Certain supplements can reduce muscle spasms, others can bring down inflammation and still others can reduce pain.
- Muscle Spasms – I like Formula 303 from Dee Cee Labs, which contain valerian root.
- Anti-Inflammatory – A great one is Super Inflam-Arrest Support from New Health Products, LLC, which contains Nexrutine, which is a natural Cox-2 inhibitor.
- Pain Relief – The following supplements are recommended by Web MD for pain relief: turmeric, devil’s claw root, capsicum/capsaicin from chili peppers, comfrey, vitamin D, boswellia, SAM-e, probiotics, glucosamine and chondroitin.
- Body Work including chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture and massage therapy.
- Meditation, prayer, spirituality, laughter and positive thinking have all done wonders for many people that have been in chronic pain. These are all very powerful and positive treatments that should not be underestimated.
- Far Infrared Energy from saunas, lamps and from minerals such as tourmaline. Tourmaline converts body heat into far infrared energy. This is called thermal-photonic conversion. Far infrared energy increases ATP formation in mitochondria, which can accelerate cell repair and healing, increase blood flow, increase blood oxygen and increase the formation of new blood vessels.
- Negative Ion Therapy – Examples of this are using grounding sheets, salt lamps, ionic foot baths and minerals, such as tourmaline. All of these make the body more alkaline. Alkaline tissues are much healthier than acidic tissues. Negative ions can scavenge free radicals, reduce oxidative stress and increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy.
- The Schumann Resonance is electromagnetic oscillating frequency of the earth as it interacts with the ionosphere. That frequency is 7.83 Hz and is sometimes referred to as “the heartbeat of the earth” or the “pulse of the planet.” Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT) devices, such as the BEMER, utilize the Schumann Resonance with fantastic health benefits. Tourmaline also gives off this therapeutic Schumann Resonance and has been used for millennia all over the world for its therapeutic value.
Did you notice that tourmaline came up three times? That is because tourmaline produces three therapeutic energies – far infrared, negative ions and the Schumann Resonance.
FIR Industries, Inc. recognized the untapped potential of tourmaline and became the first company in the world to develop a patent-pending process to infuse nanometer-sized tourmaline particles into fabrics, fibers and textiles. The smaller the particle size, the more far infrared energy generated per gram of tourmaline. Nanometer-sized particles are the smallest tourmaline particles that can be produced with today’s technology. The health and wellness applications of FIR Industries’ tourmaline infusions include athletic tape, wraps, bedding, clothing and more.
Help With Opioid Addictions
A logical alternative to addicting opioids are all of the natural alternatives that are listed above.
If you or someone you know has an opioid addiction, you can get free and confidential help from many places.
One of those is NJ Connect for Recovery http://www.njconnectforrecovery.org/is a public/private partnership and is the result of a collaboration between the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and a sponsor, Actavis, plc.
The toll free phone number for NJ Connect for Recovery is 855-652-3737.