As soon as I tweaked my back, I knew that I had a serious problem. I couldn't stand up straight and the pain was excruciating. I tried to hobble to the car, but I realized that I would need help. That day, my wife drove me to the nearest chiropractor, and that doctor helped me more than I thought was possible. After evaluating my condition, he informed me that I had a herniated disc in my back. In addition to adjusting my back to alleviate the pressure, the doctor also recommended some strengthening exercises that he said would help. These days, I can walk pain-free because of my chiropractor. Check out this blog to learn how a chiropractor can help you.
When people are in pain, they will often turn to their primary care physician. In some cases, their PCP will refer them to a chiropractor. However, if you're looking to try to relieve your pain naturally before visiting a health care provider, here are four things you may want to consider giving a try:
1. Look for Foods That Are High in Resveratrol.
According to scientific researchers from a University in Arizona, resveratrol has the ability to treat both acute and chronic pain. It may particularly be helpful for individuals who have recently had a surgery, such as a leg amputation, hernia repair, cardiac bypass or breast surgery in which the pain can last more than six months. This is because it helps to block the pain signal to the brain, preventing the body from feeling the chronic pain. Examples of foods that contain resveratrol include dark chocolate, grapes and peanuts.
2. Go Outside More.
While many people try to avoid the sun as much as they can in order to prevent cancer, the truth of the matter is that you need a little bit of sun in order to maintain vitamin D levels, according to WebMD. When your body does not produce an adequate amount of vitamin D, which occurs when you do not get enough sunlight, you may be more sensitive to pain. In fact, a study of 150 participants with some kind of unexplained bone or muscle pain found that the bulk of them had a vitamin D deficiency. Luckily, it doesn't take long. It can take five minutes for a light-skinned individual with no sunscreen on at the beach in the summer to get their vitamin D.
3. Indulge in Some Chocolate Chip Cookies – and Water.
According to an experiment with rats, chocolate chips and water were able to increase a rat's pain tolerance to heat. The researcher behind this experiment believes that this same effect is present in humans, which could be why America has the obesity problem it has. Therefore, you need to be careful with how much chocolate you do consume when trying to manage your pain and make sure that you're drinking that water. Also, keep in mind that you shouldn't just et your cookies; you need to bake them for the most benefit. According to research, the signals that alert your brain that you are in pain are stopped thanks to the sweet smell of chocolate cookies in the oven. It may sound crazy, but it's worth a shot.
When you simply can't shake the pain, you may want to see a chiropractor who can help you work on a treatment plan that may be able to stick to addressing the pain naturally.