Natural Remedies For Pain And Inflammation Essay

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Natural Remedies for Pain and Inflammation by Moira Aghion Everyone has experienced inflammation and the accompanying pain, heat and swelling, at some point in their lives. Generally, most people would go the medicinal route when trying to alleviate the discomfort. The most common and convenient remedy is the use of NSAIDs, (i.e. acetaminophen – Tylenol, and Ibuprofen – Aleve). The more severe or chronic would be prescribed narcotic analgesics (i.e. morphine), skeletal muscle relaxants, and/or corticosteroids. Fortunately the more natural remedies/modalities for managing pain and inflammation are becoming more popular. Hydrotherapy (massage therapy), chiropractic care, acupuncture and all natural products have proven their use and are being more recognized by the public. In today’s day and age, it is common place for corporations to embrace the health and wellness of their employees by introducing health and wellness days, educating about chiropractic care and massage therapy for example. Hydrotherapy (massage therapy) Hydrotherapy is the external use of water (hot, cold, steam and ice) in treatment to relieve discomfort and promote physical well being. The application of ice constricts the veins in the affected tissue, which reduces blood flow and dulls pain. Ice will also reduce the metabolic rate of injured tissues, allowing injured cells to survive the acute phase of injury (the first 24 to 48 hours). When the ice is removed the veins open wider, allowing a large volume of blood to rush to the affected area, bringing nutrients and oxygen that aid in the healing process. Using an ice pack on the injured area for 10 minutes, three times a day, can alleviate some of the symptoms of inflammation. An ice massage is another quick and easy way to get the benefits of ice. This is the application of ice to a localized area, usually an injured or sore muscle, or

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