Friday, October 2, 2015

Tip To Reduce Chronic Pain

Many people today experience chronic pain, whether it is in the form of fibromyalgia, joint pain, muscular pain, lower back pain and more.  This tendency seems to increase as we age.  There are prescription drugs and over the counter remedies like tylenol or ibuprofen that help reduce the pain temporarily but they do not address the cause of the pain.  Additionally, many of these remedies have harmful side effects like liver toxicity and promote gastric bleeding or they are contraindicated because of certain medical conditions.

Pain is uncomfortable and it is stressful.  While each person's physical pain is personal and has its own individual body history, there are general things we can try that are universally helpful to many situations.  One of the biggest predictors for pain in people over 50, according to a recent study is poor or insufficient sleep.  It is also a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's disease sooner than those who sleep well.

Sleep is one of the pillars necessary for good health in Ayurveda as well.  Ayurveda teaches that poor sleep is linked to emotional issues like depression and anxiety.  It also increases the likelihood of weight gain and obesity.  Ayurveda recommends getting to sleep early and having an evening bedtime ritual to enhance sleep quality.  There are also some Ayurvedic herbal combinations that promote sleep, and there are some foods that are suggested to be consumed in the evening.

While some people may argue that the pain may be causing bad sleep, everyone can agree that better sleep both in terms of quality and quantity is needed.  Your doctor may be a place to start, but beware if the doctor is just offering you pain pills and sleeping pills.  These pills are a temporary fix that do not address the root of the problem and they have health risks.  It is better to have a holistic practitioner help you develop a natural, satisfying sleep routine.  Ayurveda offers much guidance in this area.

Even before you head to a professional, try to increase your sleep time and see if you are not feeling more vibrant and  happy with your body.

Stay healthy & well,

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