We are exposed to injury every day. If you work in a physically demanding job, you are probably very familiar with heavy lifting, bending and moving around in ways that are continuously putting strain on your back. Alternatively, if you spend most of your time working in front of a computer, poor posture might be the culprit of your stiff neck and back. But injury isn’t just limited to our work lives, it can happen anytime, anywhere. Exercise for instance can be a common cause for muscle soreness and achiness due to improper form. Even bending down while caring for your garden beds can lead to back pain. Given how prone we are to injury, we present you five approaches that you might want to consider or revisit to ease your pains and aches.
When it comes to pain relief, prevention is key
In the end, it all comes down to prevention. If you want to avoid pain in the first place, you will have to fix the cause rather than seeking relief at a later stage. Physically demanding jobs require exertion, force and lots of repetitive tasks and unfortunately there is no immediate way to change this. However, you can improve your lifting technique (e.g. don’t lift by bending forward) and utilise your body mechanics by positioning yourself and your tools in a way that reduces the work that your individual muscles have to endure. For those working on a computer for most of their day, it might be worth looking into ways to improve your posture and avoiding a slouched back at all times. Even better, you could try incorporating short exercises throughout your work day to strengthen and relax your back.
Responsible and safe use of pain medication and supplements
A lot of people swear by pain medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin. These tablets are available over the counter and available at every pharmacy. However, they should be taken lightly as they are still serious drugs. Excessive use can result in kidney disease, strokes and bleeding disorders. Pain supplements might be a welcome alternative for those looking for a natural remedy. Glucosamine is often used to relieve osteoarthritis, turmeric to relieve knee osteoarthritis and capsaicin to treat joint pain.
Consider an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce joint and muscular inflammation
Inflammation is how our body reacts to injury. Common symptoms are heat, redness, swelling and pain that can even turn into chronic conditions. Fortunately, with a healthy diet you can reduce unnecessary inflammation significantly. Try to incorporate as many anti-inflammatory foods into your diet, such as fish and other products that are high in Omega 3 fats and antioxidants. On the other hand, you should avoid trans fats, refined sugar, deep-fried foods and red meat.
Incorporate exercise into your active life
Yes, we know… after a hard day of labour, the last thing you want to do is go to the gym, but what we mean by exercise is using healthy, low-impact activities and strength training to help reduce pain. For instance, you could take the bike to work (especially in summer!) and thereby helping your circulation, flexibility and fluidity of joint movements. In addition, strength training may benefit your performance on the job. Working out, preferably under the guidance of a PT, will make it easier for you to lift heavy objects and can take the load off of isolated muscles that are working a little too hard. Try to safely fit exercise into your active life. Include it in the mornings, in the evenings after some rest or on your days off but do it in a way that doesn’t add stress to your weekly routine or takes way from your much-deserved rest!
Try a natural analgesic cream for temporay pain relief
If you are looking for temporary relief of mild conditions such as joint or muscular pain, you might want to consider Soodox™ Pain Relief Cream. The Award-Winning Australian Pain Relief Cream contains 100% natural, active ingredients that may assist peripheral circulation and have a long history of use in Western herbal medicine for the relief of joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and rheumatism. Available in Original, Women and Active formula, they provide targeted relief and may even help with period pain or muscle soreness. We advise seeing a healthcare professional if symptoms persist after using Soodox.
Have you tried any of the above-mentioned techniques or think we missed an important one? Let us know in the comments so we can continue to build this list.
Soodox is an Australian 100% natural Pain Relief Cream that provides temporary relief of rheumatic, muscular and joint pain. It's also available in a women's formula that can relieve period pain and an active formula for those living an active lifestyle.
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Always read the label and only use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.