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Five home remedies for treating chronic pain

8994809_MChronic pain can make us feel fatigued, and it can make it hard for us to have the energy to meet the daily demands of life. It’s so easy to get frustrated with chronic pain when it feels like nothing is helping. While these at-home remedies won’t replace your medical treatments, they may help add additional support to your pain management plan. Everyone is different, but we hope that you’ll find something that works well for you.

Epsom salt to soothe muscle aches and pains

Epsom salt is a mineral compound (magnesium sulfate) and it’s been around for ages. Epsom salt is said to treat anything from sunburn to a magnesium deficiency to chronic pain. But, what we really want to focus on is Epsom salt baths for soothing muscle aches and pains. Epsom salt offers an affordable, easy solution. According to the Epsom Salt Council, just “add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom salt for an over-sized garden tub)” and “soak for at least 12 minutes.” It’s simple. Keep in mind, “the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.” If a bath isn’t your first choice, you can also make a compress or a paste to apply to the skin. Get instructions for these here.

Golden milk to reduce inflammation and pain

This is a trending chronic pain remedy right now, and many people are giving it a try to treat their inflammation. Turmeric is the main active ingredient in Golden Milk, which is said to help lower inflammation in the body. This is said to be due to bioactive compounds, particularly curcumin. However, there is also a curcumin extract that is more potent than what is found in turmeric. If you’d like to try the recipe or learn more, read “What is Golden Milk?” Also, keep in mind, there are potential side effects you should read about, especially if you have certain health conditions.

Heat and cold therapy to treat pain

There can be a lot of confusion as to which therapy to use, cold or heat. Both of these therapies have been used for soothing pulled muscles, reducing inflammation, and even treating arthritis. But, which therapy is right for your chronic pain? According to Healthline, “As a general rule of thumb, use ice for acute injuries or pain, along with inflammation and swelling. Use heat for muscle pain or stiffness.” This quick tip can help you determine whether heat or cold will treat your particular area of trouble.

Self massage for chronic pain

Massage can help soothe away your cares, work out muscle pains, and remove painful trigger points (muscle knots). However, if you don’t have the time or money right now to book a massage, you can invest in self-massage. If you’re ready to get started, check out this step by step process from Massage magazine.

Fish oil for lowering inflammation

This is another remedy that may help reduce inflammation, and it’s because of the Omega-3′s. According to Everyday Health, “research both in the laboratory and in humans demonstrates that omega-3′s can not only reduce laboratory test results for inflammation, but also decrease symptoms of inflammation associated with arthritis and bursitis.”

There are several things we can try at home to help assist our pain management plan. These are just a few of the home remedies that you can try right now. You may want to try one, two, or all of them to help reduce inflammation and pain.

Chronic pain is frustrating and it can sometimes keep us from accomplishing everything we want to do. And, while we may be able to reduce pain, sometimes we have to let ourselves off the hook. We hope this helps, but we want you to know sometimes its OK to not check off every box on the list.

 

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Katie Cleary is founder of AutoimmuneMom.com.  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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