Natural Anti-Inflammatory Treatments and Pain Relievers
When it comes to musculoskeletal injuries, we often don't realize that the majority of pain comes from chemicals released during the injury and swelling (inflammation) process. Swelling builds up during the first 3 days and remains throughout the healing process (3-6 weeks). If the tissue isn't allowed to heal because of repeated stress, the swelling could last years, leading to arthritis. The swelling protects us by causing pain and restricting our movement, but it also delays the healing process.
Anti-inflammatory medications help relieve pain by reducing the inflammation. Unfortunately, these medications bring with them a host of other side effects which can compromise our health and even delay healing. Luckily there are safe and natural alternatives to these medications.
The first treatment should be rest, ice, elevation and compression (an ace bandage) for the injured area. The following natural products help with pain and swelling: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Bioflavinoids and other anti-oxidants, spices (turmeric/curcumin, cinnamon, garlic, ginger), white willow bark, green tea, pycnogenol, Boswellia, cat's claw, proteolytic enzymes (Bromelain), and Omega-3 oils (EPA).
Over the years, we have seen great results for pain, inflammation and bruising with both topical and oral use of the homeopathic remedies Traumeel and Arnica. They have been so effective that we stock them in our office.
This is only a partial list. Not all conditions respond to the same products and dosages vary greatly from person to person. As with any pain, it’s important to determine the cause before treating the symptoms. Consult your health professional to help you find the problem and recommend the correct product and dosages.
Dr. Rick Schlussel is a Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist providing preventive health care, treatment for pain and injuries, holistic health assessments and a variety of natural therapies. He can be reached at Presence Wellness Center and Spa at 530-889-0388 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org