The River Source Presents 8 Tips on Naturopathic Pain Relief

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Pain relief experts at The River Source, Arizona's premier drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, have had years of success in assisting clients to enjoy pain-free lives without the use of narcotic drugs which can often lead to addiction.

The River Source believes in restoring vitality to the body, mind and spirit through the application of holistic healing methods. The below tips are presented for those getting started with alternative therapies.

Topical treatments:
Ointments and gels contain counterirritants which produce a sensation of coolness while interrupting the sensation of pain. These elements work in synergy to increase blood flow to the surface of the skin, resulting in a reduction of inflammation and pain. Common counterirritants include eucalyptus and mint oil, methyl salicylate, menthol, capsaicin and camphor.

Nutritional supplements and dietary changes work to eliminate harmful foods and provide the elements needed for the body to mend structural damage. For example, clam nectar has been shown to relieve knee pain and restore normal joint function in some individuals. For others, removing refined sugar from their diets stops intestinal inflammation. Other pain-relieving supplements include glucosamine, MSM and magnesium sulfate which address a wide variety of pain issues.

Homeopathic medicines in the form of drops, pills or injections can provide excellent pain relief. Tailored to the needs of the individual, each medicine fits a particular type of pain. Arnica is one example of a homeopathic medicine. Derived from the mountain daisy, Arnica is commonly used to treat sports injuries.

Walking and other forms of exercise show many benefits in improving fitness, strengthening muscles, decreasing joint stiffness and reducing or eliminating pain. Exercise improves circulation, removes toxins from the bloodstream, and allows nutrients to reach the painful areas so that they can heal. Exercise also releases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. Further, exercise helps a person sleep better. Because the body makes most of its repairs while a person is asleep, regular exercise can result in lasting pain relief.

Heat and ice:
The application of ice or heat relieves many types of pain. Inflamed internal organs often respond to ice while joint pain responds best to heat. Ice causes blood vessels to constrict and slows bleeding. Heat makes blood vessels expand. At times, rotating the application of heat and ice can be an effective combination.

Positional therapy:
Positional therapy reduces or eliminates pain by addressing causes that are rooted in the way a person sits, stands or moves. Gait analysis and a look at the pain sufferer's habitual positions, both in the work environment and at home, provide starting points for positional therapy. Treatment may include trigger point therapies, shoe inserts, the application of strain-counterstrain techniques to specific muscle groups, or the use of inversion tables and other devices that allow the body to realign itself. Sometimes, braces are used to let the painful area rest while damaged nerve endings or other tissues heal naturally.

Massage therapy:
Choose a traditional hands-on massage, or take advantage of aquatic massage therapy. Massage therapy helps the pain sufferer to relax while ridding the body of toxins which can greatly decrease muscle pain.

The River Source of Arizona approaches addiction treatment as a full healing of the mind, body and spirit. The drug rehab center's unique, holistic approach has successfully helped countless individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction achieve long term recovery.

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