If you suffer from short-term or chronic musculoskeletal pain, you know it’s often difficult -- or sometimes close to impossible -- to think about anything else.
Every time you move or change positions, you’re reminded of your pain. And everything hurts.
Before you know it, your day-to-day existence is affected by discomfort and pain.
You make choices based on what will hurt less.
You don’t make plans, turn down invitations, or cancel the plans you already have.
You know that’s no way to live.
And now you don’t have to.
Here are some effective ways to reduce your pain and increase your quality of life.
What exactly is musculoskeletal pain?
Let’s start by defining what musculoskeletal pain actually is. Despite its fancy name, musculoskeletal pain is simply any type of pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and/or bones.
Your pain may be limited to one part of your body -- or your whole body may ache.
It’s hard to sleep when you’re hurting, so in addition to dealing with pain, you’re also tired all the time. And even when you are able to get some rest, you’re still fatigued during your waking hours because the pain drains your energy.
If this sounds familiar, you’re probably already know how hard it is to live with musculoskeletal pain, even if you never knew its official name.
Where the pain comes from
If you suffer from musculoskeletal pain, you’re far from alone. It affects so many people because it has so many different causes.
Here’s a partial list:
● Trauma or injury
● The effects of everyday wear and tear on your body
● Poor posture
● Repetitive motions or overuse -- or underuse
● A sedentary lifestyle
And then there are the many health conditions that can cause musculoskeletal pain. They can include:
● Back pain
● Muscle spasm
● Repetitive strain injury
It’s encouraging to be able to put a name to your pain and maybe even figure out where it came from. But here’s what’s even better -- there’s something you can do about it.
You don’t have to live with pain
NSAIDs are the traditional treatment for musculoskeletal pain. But NSAIDs come with a laundry list of side effects that are questionable at best... and even downright scary.
But you don’t have to automatically pop an over-the-counter pain pill – or worse, a prescription painkiller – to get blessed relief.
You can treat musculoskeletal pain safely and effectively with some of the natural treatments below:
● Exercise – Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you go for a long run or become a gym rat. Gentle exercise can effectively relieve musculoskeletal pain, without making aggravating your condition and making it worse. Aim for activities with non-jarring movements, like easy walking, swimming, stretching, yoga or tai chi. Once you’re feeling better, you can graduate to easy strength exercises to support your muscles, joints and bones and further reduce your pain.
● Hot and cold therapy – Applying heating pads and ice packs can provide welcome pain relief, as long as you use them wisely. Here are some guidelines:
○ Ice is the way to go for musculoskeletal pain that’s new, sharp, or accompanied by swelling -- but if the pain is severe or was caused by an accident or injury, you should consult with your doctor. Unless your doc tells you otherwise, a good rule of thumb is to apply ice for the first two or three days, then switch to heat.
○ If you’ve been suffering for a while, your pain may be caused by muscle or ligament tension, so heat may be your best bet. Here’s why... heat is soothing and helps tight, sore muscles and attachments relax. On the other hand, ice constricts blood flow and numbs pain.
● Massage – Touch has long been considered a powerful pain reliever -- in fact, therapeutic massage has been used for centuries to relieve musculoskeletal pain. Massage therapists often use long, firm strokes to relax the muscles and attachments, or may use strong, focused pressure to release knots -- or a combination of both. Before your massage, discuss your condition with your massage therapist so he or she can tailor a plan of action to help ease your pain.
● Topical pain relievers – There are many reasons why topical pain relievers are better for relieving musculoskeletal pain than pain pills. First of all, there are all-natural pain relievers that contain effective medications, such as capsaicin and menthol. And this is very important… instead of flooding your entire system with pain medication because your shoulder or knee hurts, topical pain relievers allow you to apply the precise amount of pain reliever you need directly to the source of your pain. And since you’re applying the topical pain reliever directly to the painful site, it will be absorbed quickly and start working almost immediately, instead of having to wait for a pain pill to to work its way through your system. So, find a topical pain reliever, like Soothanol X2, and get the powerful pain relief you need, without the frightening side effects.
Musculoskeletal pain can slow you down or even become debilitating… but you don’t have to live that way. Take your life back with these tips and Soothanol X2.