Posted on January 16, 2014
PAIN! Nobody likes it but we happen to specialize in it. So, here are Sundala’s 5 most common answers to:
“How to Manage Pain Naturally”:
1. Play with FIRE and you’re gonna get burned! What does this have to do with pain? Think of it this way…you tell your child not to put its hand on the stove because you know it could cause a horrible outcome. If we told you that eating sugar, processed goods and fried foods would have the same effect on you (yes, a horrible outcome), would you keep putting your hand on that stove, or uh-hum, into the cookie jar? Sugar creates internal heat which causes inflammation. Keep eating bad things and your poor body will stay in a chronic state of 5 Alarm Fire status. Burns are no fun on the outside…they certainly aren’t peachy on the inside!
2. Drown your sorrows. Ok, not with alcohol like most Hollywood dramas but with good quality, water. Keeping hydrated keeps you from drying out! You know, #1 up top talks about heat, well a daily intake of water will keep the inflammation down! Drink up!
3. Gut instincts. Did you know that 90% of the happy hormone called seratonin is made in your gut? A good gut is a happy gut and a happy gut can cut back on the way we perceive pain by stimulating the production of said “happy” hormone. There’s lots of happy going on here….if you want in on the fun, then grab a probiotic and make your tummy and the rest of you smile!
4. Snooze. Get yourself into a dark room and turn off all electronic devices because the only thing that should be plugged in for recharging is YOU! Sleep allows your body to enter a state of unconscious calm. This time allows your body to heal. If you forgo the few precious hours then you are slowing down your rate of healing
5. Pet your Frenchie!
Oops, sorry, more like, pet your animal(s)! Or get yourself pet by getting some bodywork done! Petting, touching, squeezing and holding all help to increase our body’s natural relaxation response. This is the opposite from the over-production of cortisol aka “stress hormone”. When we can mitigate the bodies stress response our pain perception decreases and that yummy feel good hormone takes over! Who doesn’t want to feel yummy?
So…Throw some water on the fire! Trust your gut! Get some ZZZZ’s and stroke the back of your fur babies!
That’s all folks!