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Pain, Pain, Go Away!

Written by contributor NJ Renie.

Whether you’re young or old, active or sedentary, sooner or later you’re going to be in a lot of pain. Chronic illnesses and acute injuries come without warning, transforming us from our normal selves into lay practitioners of pain management.
The options are endless, but the organic options are much fewer. Here are a few to get you started when pain strikes.

Free and Easy!

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Heat Therapy

Heat therapy, in the form of warm baths, heating pads, or hot water bottles, can be used to loosen muscles and relieve joint pain. Do not heat new injuries as it will promote swelling.

Cold Therapy

Cold Therapy is terrific for numbing areas of acute pain and relieving pressure pain by reducing swelling. Strategically placed ice packs or an ice bath can be applied for twenty minutes with an hour rest between applications.


This is simple and so often overlooked in our go-go-go lives. Light exercise, such as short walks, can be beneficial for some injuries and conditions, but trying to manage the same work load that you do when you were healthy is not going to help your pain. Stop doing so much and let your body can heal!

Over the Counter and Via the Web

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Topical Ointments, Creams, and Herbal Remedies, and Supplements

There is no shortage of products online and elsewhere (soon to be in the comments section of this post, no doubt) claiming to offer quick fixes to medical conditions, and pain is no exception. Many claims are grounded in fact. Many more are not.

While it is true that most modern pain relieving pharmaceuticals are descended from or derived from folk cures, the most effective natural pain relievers are *ahem* often illegal.

Before purchasing any natural product ask someone trusted and knowledgeable about such products, buy from a trusted source, and keep an eye out for too good to be true claims.

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This Eastern technique of directing the body’s energy through strategic placement of needles is especially popular for pain relief. Stand-alone acupuncturists can be found, but many health care providers are now  using acupuncture as a compliment to traditional treatment.

Manipulation, Traction, and Physical Therapy

By strengthening certain groups of muscles and/or changing the way the body is configured, pressure can redistributed away from painful areas and future injuries can be prevented. Reducing the burden on painful areas can reduce inflammation and encourage healing.

Chiropractors, sports medicine clinics, and hospitals will have these options available, and most will be covered by your health insurance.


Gentle massage can help loosen tight muscles and reduce spasm, thus reducing pressure of joints and sore connective tissues.
This could, of course, be included in the “free” section if you have particularly wonderful partner, relative, or friend.

Pain often comes on without warning and once you are within its grip, you will be desperate to make it go away. If you can, find an advocate, a level-headed friend or loved one, to administer your person pain management program. Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about alternatives to conventional treatments. And as always, try the free and low cost methods before spending big.

When was the last time you were in pain? How did you deal with it?

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  1. Heather

    I have to second massage as a great tool for chronic pain. I have been trying to do a lot of meditating as of late, and that seems to help my headaches. I would like to try acupuncture at some point, but I don’t know of any in my area…will have to look into that!

  2. Mike Lieberman

    Also let’s not discredit our food. Many of us have allergies or reactions to the foods that we are eating that results in pains and discomfort. Testing to see which foods cause these reactions is vital to get a true sense.

  3. Chrissy

    Great post! My husband is a chiropractor, and I am a physician assistant who works in obstetrics, so we are always trying to find natural ways to relieve pain for our patients instead of relying on tylenol and NSAIDs.

  4. Dayan

    In the normal days I do once a 4 weeks massage, and in the last time I missed my massage and right now I have a back pain.

  5. Katie

    I would add yoga to the list! It has helped my neck and back pain a lot. 🙂 Great post, NJ!

    • NJ Renie

      Good point. Strength and flexibility can make a huge difference!

  6. Jennie G

    Does anyone have a suggestion for relieving pain from plantar facitis? Icing helps but isn’t a long-term solution.

    • Successful Woman's Resource Center

      I suffer with PF as well. Some things that have helped me is to stretch several times daily by pulling toes toward shin. I think, however, the thing that has made the biggest difference for me is the shoes I wear. I don’t wear anything completely flat (like flip flops or ballet flats) I wore flip flops this summer but they had support and a little heel. Any shoe I buy has to have good support. I don’t even go barefoot around the house. I wear a pair of padded clogs that are meant for outdoor wear as they have an arch support. Most house slippers are cushy and flat, which is bad for plantar fascitis.
      Hope this helps!

  7. Successful Woman's Resource Center

    I have a chiropractor that I love. Not only does he do some massage along with his manipulation, he also does advanced release therapy which helps to bring relief and healing to tightened and tenses muscles, ligaments and tendons. When I worked a crazy corporate job, I got massages once a month, helped me to stay mobile, and sane!

  8. Kika

    I cannot avoid drugs completely as I am a fourty year old who has needed a hip replacement for 20 years due to a childhood disease. So I do take anti-inflammatories and cortisone shots to keep moving. In addition to that, though, I use accupuncture and chiropractic care regularly, a heat pad (rice bag) and have used massage although don’t currently do so. I require lots of rest – especially during rough “flare ups” – but also enjoy regular exercise to keep my joints working well.

    • NJ Renie

      Kika it sounds like you have a multi-pronged approach that is working for you.

  9. Acupuncture NYC

    I can say acupuncture is a great way to get rid of pain through pointing needles on your bodies to trigger those affected nerves and/or swollen muscles. If you’re afraid of needles there’s nothing to worry about because skilled acupuncturist uses a special kind of needless that’s very thin that you won’t feel anything on each treatment.

  10. Mike McBride

    Acupuncture is the best way to solve your health problems without chemicals. There’s no reason to pollute your body and the environment. There’s a great new book about this called The God Complex. You can check it out on our website.


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