Alternative Pain Relief for Sports Injuries
If you’re seeking alternative pain relief you’ve come to the right place. Herbal pain relief products can be effective chronic pain treatment and sports injury treatment options.
If you’ve tried ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and they brutalize your stomach, and if you want to avoid stronger (i.e. addictive) prescription pain medications, trying a natural pain reliever may be just what you need.
Regardless of the type of pain or injury, natural treatment can be safe, effective and without the side effects of prescription drugs. Natural pain relievers attack inflammation; they can help break the pain cycle and get you back to feeling like your pain-free self sooner.
There are several different types of alternative pain relief depending on your needs.
A popular herbal pain relief combination, Phytoprofen, contains several powerful herbal pain relievers that work by reducing inflammation and short-circuiting how pain signals reach the brain.
Taking fish oil will help your body make chemicals (prostaglandins) that stop pain and inflammation. Several studies have shown that taking fish oil can have the same effects as NSAID drugs after a few weeks. If you take fish oil, read the labels carefully. You want a high dose of Omega 3 oils, not others. Don’t take an oil that contains anything but Omega 3 - other oils (Omega-6 and 9) can actually make your body even more inflamed.
Wobenzyme and Systemic Enzyme Complex contain special types of enzymes that destroy the pain-generating chemicals in your body. These enzymes also stop inflammation where it starts, and can help speed the healing process by ‘cleaning up’ the injured area.
Traumeel is a popular homeopathic cream that contains arnica, a powerful pain reliever. Arnica is great for the pain of more acute injuries, such as sprains, strains, bruising and cuts.
Other Alternative Pain Relief Solutions:
- Take an Epsom salt bath; the magnesium will help loosen tight, painful muscles.
- Decrease animal fats in your diet; these types of fats are inflammatory.
- Get hydrated; this will help with minimizing pain.
- Stretch regularly; keeping muscles loose and flexible will prevent tightening from pain.
- Acupuncture; a great way to get pain under control as well.
Clearly there are many different causes of pain – some are more clear-cut than others. Remember that pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. There’s nothing wrong with taking an alternative pain relief product, but if you have pain that won’t go away it’s a good idea to get it checked out by a doctor.