3 Unusual Things That May Sabotage Your Pain Management Regimen

If your physician has prescribed a pain management regimen to help diminish your chronic or acute discomfort, you may experience quick relief from your symptoms, or it may take a while to notice an improvement. While your doctor has devised a treatment protocol specific to your medical history, pain threshold, and body weight in order to generate the best results, there may be certain things that might sabotage your your pain management program. Here are three unusual things that may require a change in your therapeutic pain program: Nightshade Foods If you are sensitive to nightshade foods, you may be susceptible to inflammation and chronic pain. Peppers, eggplant, potatoes, and tomatoes are in the nightshade class of vegetables, and if you enjoy eating these foods and would like to continue to do so despite your nightshade sensitivity, cooking them may help eliminate much of the inflammatory chemicals they contain. According to Green Med Info, “many  who  suffer with arthritis or an arthritis related disease, such as lupus, rheumatism, and other musculoskeletal pain disorders, have found that consuming foods from the nightshade family is in fact adversely affecting their health.” Anxiety When you are in a heightened state of anxiety, or experiencing a panic attack, you may perceive pain differently than you do when you are calm. Oftentimes, pain is perceived to be stronger than it actually is when people are stressed, as pain and other bodily sensations are amplified when more adrenaline circulates throughout your bloodstream. If you have an anxiety disorder, seeking treatment through cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, exercise, and restful sleep will help you cope better with your chronic pain so that your pain management regimen will be more successful.  Seasonal Allergies If you have seasonal allergies, you are probably very familiar with the sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes that they produce. What you may not be aware of is that your allergic response may be triggering a systemic inflammatory reaction throughout your entire body. This can promote the release of cytokines, which further increase inflammation, resulting in pain. Treating your allergies by keeping your doors and windows closed during high pollen, mold, and ragweed count days, and taking your prescribed medications, will help diminish the release of cytokines, thereby reducing inflammation and subsequent pain. When your allergies are under control, your pain management protocol will work more effectively.  If you have any of the above conditions and notice that your pain program is not working as well as before, talk to your doctor who may need to readjust your medication dosage or even recommend different medications...

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Rub It Good: 3 Alternatives To Professional Massage Oil

Whether you’re giving one or getting one, a home massage can be one of the most relaxing activities you can do in your spare time and can leave you feeling loose, less stressed, and somewhat accomplished. But when you’re working with home massage, it can be hard to get up the motivation (or the funds) to splurge for high-quality, professional-grade massage oil – even though you know you need massage oil for a truly successful massage. So if you’re looking for a few slightly cheaper alternatives to use in your next home massage session, then here’s what you need to know. Cooking Oil If you want a massage to happen right now and don’t want to go out and shop first, consider trying a type of cooking oil such as olive, peanut (so long as you don’t have a peanut allergy), or even canola oil. These oils do the most important job of any massage oil – making the skin soft and easier to massage – just as well as any professional oil on the market and have the benefit of probably being right at your fingertips (or, rather, in your pantry) at any moment. Use cooking oil just like any other massage oil – just be prepared to smell slightly like…well, cooking oil after you’ve finished. Beeswax Cream If you’re not really up to smelling like a stir-fry, you may want to consider the substance referred to as cera alba – no, it’s not the name of Jessica Alba’s sister – and more commonly known as beeswax. Beeswax is fantastic for your skin for multiple reasons; it’s antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, filled with skin-cell-bolstering Vitamin A, and acts as an amazingly powerful moisturizer without clogging your pores. You should be able to find a beeswax lotion or cream at your local supermarket or (very easily) online, or you can always whip up your own. Make Your Own If neither plain cooking oil nor beeswax sound quite right to you, you can always just make your own massage oil. Not only is this cheaper than buying massage oil, but you also get to pick whatever combination of smells you want, tailoring the mix to fit your (or your subject’s) specific problems. First, find a glass bottle where the glass is dark and/or tinted; this will protect the oil from going bad. Second, choose an oil to make up the majority of your massage oil; coconut oil is a good choice for its cheap cost and hydrating qualities, but sunflower, grape seed (for oily skin), and olive oils (for dry skin) will work just as well. Finally, choose three different essential oils to add aromatherapy to your massage oil – the most common are lavender, peppermint, lemon, rose, and eucalyptus, but a quick look at any aromatherapy handbook will give you not only a mostly comprehensive list, but also tell you...

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How You Can Incorporate Holistic And Spiritual Options Into Your Depression Treatment

When you find yourself suffering from depression, you may think that you are limited to medical and psychiatric treatment options to help you overcome your depression. While these types of treatments are very helpful in treating clinical depression, they may not be all that you want or need to get yourself back on track. There are many different alternative treatment options that can make your depression care and recovery more holistic and spiritual in nature. All you nee to get to know some of these treatments so that you can incorporate them into your depression recovery as soon as possible.  Spiritual Counseling or Shamanistic Healing Spirituality is a major part of many people’s lives. And because their religion or spiritual practices are so important to them, it should be incorporated into depression and other mental health treatments. There are many ways that you can bring your spirituality into depression treatments. One of the options is to seek out counseling and spiritual guidance from a religious or spiritual leader such as a priest, reverend, shaman, guru, or other leader. Speaking to your spiritual leader on a regular basis about how you are feeling and the dilemmas you are facing, can help you to get your feelings out and get spiritual advice regarding prayer and meditation options. If you have a more shamanistic belief system, you could even go in for a healing session using meditative techniques, healing herbs, and other remedies to help re-center your spirit and help you overcome your depression. While spiritual healing and treatments may not be the only treatment you need, they can be quite helpful as supplemental and holistic treatment options. Music and Drama Therapy Music therapy and drama therapy are also treatment options that can help with depression, particularly in addressing the underlying causes of this condition. Drama and music are means of creative expression that allow a person to express their emotions in a safer way than dealing with or talking about them directly. Through creating music or even listening to certain types of music or participating in acting activities and exercises, a person can tap into a feeling, experience, or other issue that they may not have otherwise realized they were dealing with. For example, in writing your own song lyrics, you may come to find that you have feelings of inadequacy from relationships with family members or from past partners. Music and drama are also excellent coping strategies that you can use after you have overcome your depression or gotten it under control to continue to maintain balance in your mental health. Rather than let your negative emotions spiral out of control, you can instead channel them into one of these activities so that your negative emotions become something useful and productive. Now that you know a few of the ways that you can incorporate holistic and spiritual treatment options into...

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