8 Natural Remedies for Pain Relief

Some days I feel like it is a blessing, and some days it is a curse but I am allergic to most pain killers. I feel like it is a blessing as I will never have to worry about addiction or deal with the mirage of side effects that go along with taking pain killers. But I'm sure you can understand why it is also a curse! I have dealt with a lot of pain over my lifetime with migraines starting at the age of 7 to polycystic ovaries wreaking havoc in my late teens and twenties to my recent four year journey with illness. I have had to find other ways to deal with my pain and I thought I would share them in case they could help you too.

 

Music

When I was younger, my number one remedy was music. I would find super relaxing music and just start taking slower and deeper breaths while imaging the pain dissipating with every breath. This was before I knew anything about yoga or breathing - it was just this natural intuitive decision. I know this method may sound too simple and you may...

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Foot Health: Treat Your Feet!

Our feet carry us just about everywhere we go. Even if you are driving in the car, you are depending on your right foot to control the gas pedal. A small cut, a banged or ingrown toenail. a bunion, or a blister can completely change our quality of life yet we give our foot health very little attention. I know this won't change based on this one blog post but I would at least like to help you become more aware of your feet.

 

One important reason to pay attention to your feet is because of the kinetic chain. We have five different points along the kinetic chain: the ankle, the knee, the hips, the shoulders, and the head. Every time you take a step, the ankle joint has an affect on every single on of those joints above it. Have you noticed most people don't walk with their feet straight ahead? This generally doesn't start with birth! This can start at a young age when a child replicates how their parents walk but it is not how we were designed. A pronated foot can cause the arch...

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Strengthen & Stretch: A Very Gentle Workout

I have to be honest, being chronically ill is like living on a roller coaster. My body is continually challenging me and it's difficult to keep the mind balanced when the body is pulling you up and down. Between the body and the mind, it is difficult to be as focused, productive, and consistent as I am used to. These last six weeks have been a really difficult phase but I am finding my way back and feeling a little better these last couple of days.

I tell you this because I have been struggling to find my way to be consistent with The Flexibility Guru. I started a YouTube channel but I have been at a loss on what I can share that would be most helpful. Today I feel like I have discovered at least one focal point for the channel! I am going to be sharing more workouts for people struggling with chronic illness. Now you don't have to be ill to do these workouts - they would be great for seniors, beginners, and self care days too! 

Over the last couple of months I have really...

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Posture Correction

 
Once I learned how to do posture assessments, people watching became much more interesting! I am constantly looking at the way people walk and trying to assess where they feel pain in their body - and is there a pain causing their postural problem or is their postural problem creating unnecessary pain?

Based on the posture assessments I have done in the last three years, 100 % of my clients have forward head posture so I honestly don't think there are many people escaping the issue. Poor posture may only seem to be an aesthetic issue but these are the health issues that can be caused by having forward head posture:

 
  • Muscle ischemia

  • Pain and fatigue

  • Decreased range of motion of cervical spine

  • Early disc degeneration and osteophyte formation

  • Temporo-mandibular joint pain (TMJ) and inflammation

  • Tension Headache

  • Increase in dorsal kyphosis and decrease in height

  • Decrease in vital capacity and range of motion of shoulder and arm

  • Possible protrusion of...

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In Sickness & In Health

When I was first hospitalized for Guillain Barre Syndrome I received immunoglobulin treatment for five days. At this point in time the paralyzation was mostly from the waist down and although I couldn't feel my arms, I could still move them. On the third treatment the entire right side of my body lost all feeling and movement from my head to my toes.
 
I had been in the hospital alone for six days and it was the first tear I shed. It was such a massively uncomfortable feeling that it really scared me and I was worried I was having a stroke. They rushed my doctor down and he felt it was unrelated but I asked him to stop the treatment. The doctor honored my request to pause the treatment and within the next hour I could move the right side of my face again and the intense loss of feeling had dissipated.
 
They started the treatment at a much slower rate and it didn't happen again. This was my first official hemiplegic migraine and I have had them ever...
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The Power of a Wellness Journal

 I created this wellness journal over a decade ago and just revised it last month to give it a few upgrades. I find this an incredible way to keep track of what is going on in my body, and my medical team really appreciates me bringing it with me to keep them fully informed. I first created it when I was having a health crisis and there were so many different things going on from day to day that I would forget to tell my acupuncturist certain symptoms and would only remember later in the day after the session was over. I realized I needed to start keeping better track and recording what was happening in order to have more productive doctors and acupuncture appointments.
 

I kept the design simple so if you are printing this out at home you won't use up all your ink! If you want it to be a little prettier, I would just recommend picking a color paper that makes you happy and print it out on that. There are ten main components the Wellness Journal...

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Transitioning Home from the Hospital

The transition from hospital to home is always an interesting learning experience. I know the longer I am in the hospital the more my mind becomes consumed with how much I want to leave and get home to rest and have my freedom. Then I get home and realize just how weak and incompetent I am, and the true healing journey begins. I guess I know my own learning curve and how challenged I am when I return home, so it is no surprise that most people think leaving the hospital means you are essentially healthy again. I thought I would write this to help people understand what coming home from the hospital can look like and how they could help. They say for every day you are in the hospital, you should expect to need at least one week of recovery. That means a five day stay can cost you at least five weeks of recovery.

 
 

I took this photo to remind myself of the struggles and journey I have been on but I will be a little vulnerable and share it...

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F*ck Fatigue!


This is my least favorite part about being sick. People that have never experienced fatigue can't even comprehend what it feels like. Most healthy people confuse fatigue with being tired. Let me tell you, I am not tired. Tired to me means sleepy like I want to go to bed. Fatigue means every cell in my body is traveling in slow motion at a rate that feels painful, moving my body feels like air has turned to peanut butter hence every step I take feels like a huge effort, and I am not sleepy - my brain is going to be wide awake as I lay in bed suffering and uncomfortable. Some days I feel like a prisoner trapped inside my pain/fatigue body.
 
 

I have no solution for fatigue. I can drink a quadruple shot of espresso with absolute zero change so caffeine is useless. I haven't found a food, a supplement, a routine, or any natural remedy that helps with it but I have found three things I take comfort in on my fatigue days.

One: Resting in bed with some upbeat...

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The Power of CBD

 
I recently started taking a CBD supplement and have to admit I was extremely skeptical at first. I guess I was hesitant because I couldn't quite grasp how powerful hemp could be since it is not considered a drug like marijuana. I went to a conference last fall when I first learned about CBD and Endocannabanoid Deficiency. I had never heard of this before and although it planted a seed in my mind about CBD, it did not inspire me to try it for my own health issues. I suppose since nerves only have the ability to heal 1mm per day, I felt a little hopeless that any thing could really help speed up the process.

The last few months I have been experiencing entirely different symptoms of severe and some times debilitating joint pain throughout my body and my fatigue has been back with a vengeance!

I currently have four different doctors opinions that are contradicting each other so I have felt a little lost and haven't been sure where to turn. I'm currently going...

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Lazy Girl's Lasagna

 
Since I have been home from the hospital I have been eating mainly raw food. Primarily because I feel like my body needs as many nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants as possible and secondly because I don't have enough energy to cook. Today was a rainy, dreary day with a doctors appointment that provided no answers so I felt like a little comfort food. I threw this together with as little prep time as humanly possible. I would say I spent less than five minutes in the kitchen and tried to make it as healthy and low calorie as possible.

The entire recipe has about 615 calories, 27 grams of fat, 60 carbs, and 37 grams of protein, so I would recommend making it into two portions meaning 308 calories, 18 grams of fat, 30 carbs, and 18.5 grams of protein.

 

Ingredients:

1 eggplant

1 cup of low-fat mozzarella cheese

1 cup of spaghetti sauce

1 tablespoon Italian herbs

salt

 
 

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F

1. Slice eggplant...

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