By Natural Advocate | March 14, 2013 - 10:40 pm - Posted in Natural Pain Relief

I can’t tell you how many days I wake up with a stiff neck. Is it any coincidence that my husband also wakes up with a stiff back quite often, and that our pillow top mattress has become severely disfigured over the past year? We unfortunately bought a pillow top mattress when we first moved into our first home 6 years ago.

I wouldn’t recommend this particular brand and type of mattress to anyone. It has two huge depressions in it now where my husband and I lay, and provides very little in the way of back and neck support, which are crucial to the health and wellness (and functionality) of these delicate areas of muscle, bone and cartilage.

I used to think that the way I was working out was aggravating my back and neck. And while it is true that there are certain moves that can definitely tweak these sensitive areas if they are executed poorly, there are other factors at work when it comes to back and neck comfort during the day.

Turns out your mattress and pillow that you use every night to sleep on have more of an impact on your neck and back comfort all day long than most people realize. It really isn’t just a matter of comfort during the night, it’s a matter of the support that these sleeping items offer these delicate areas, so they don’t get twisted into compromising positions during the night.

This is how you often end up waking up with a “crick” in your neck, or a sore back. This can just transcend into your workout, making you less effective, and making your more likely to succumb to the temptation to lay in bed or on the couch all day long in an effort to avoid discomfort.

This is actually the exact wrong thing to do if you have a stiff neck or back, as it just makes it much worse. Working out and moving provides the heat and “lube” for your neck and back to warm up and get loose, and actually lends itself to comfort more than sitting on the couch does. Sitting just puts pressure on your spine, which extends all the way to the base of your neck.

When the vertebrae are compressed for hours on end, they become inflexible and tight, and they put pressure on the delicate nerves that are present throughout the neck and back. This means sitting if not your friend if you suffer from frequent neck and back pain!


By Natural Advocate | November 9, 2012 - 8:14 am - Posted in Natural Pain Relief

I almost spit my coffee out as I read this headline, because just knowing my own personal experience with narcotic painkiller drugs years ago after surgery tells me that this “finding”  is completely false.  A study was recently done that concluded that painkillers of the narcotic, hardcore variety that is hooking so many people these days are not as addictive as “feared”.

The study found that less than five percent of people prescribed painkillers after something traumatic like surgery became addicted to them.  Maybe that’s because they didn’t become addicted through sheer willpower, but that doesn’t lessen the fact that painkillers are still extremely physically addicting.

The other problem is that a lot of Doctors out there don’t even tell patients that they must slowly ween themselves off of these narcotics or they will go through a withdrawal. I know this is true because both times I had to be on them, neither Doctor told me that I had to do this and I wondered why I felt like a crazy person when I stopped them cold turkey one day.

I’ve talked to others who say the exact same thing, they stopped cold turkey and their body and mind just couldn’t take it. Often times people are confused by this and don’t even realize that what they’ve experienced is withdrawal until after they go through it and the light bulb correlation goes off in their head.

The study also doesn’t really take into account the fact that most of the time people must stop because their prescription has run out.  But people who are on these pain meds all the time are most certainly addicted to them, they just don’ t realize it because they have a constantly filled prescription and God forbid if they ever run out because not only will the pain seem a whole lot worse but the side effects of withdrawal make it a living hell to go through.

I’m not saying that there is not a place for hard narcotic painkillers in this world, I just think that they should really fess up and admit that these drugs are akin to the addictive nature of so many illegal street drugs and must be treated as such and prescribed at a bare minimum for people whose pain cannot be touched by other lighter types of painkillers.

What do you think? Have you had an experience with these hard painkillers? Read about herbal types of painkillers here also

By Natural Advocate | August 31, 2012 - 9:04 am - Posted in Natural Pain Relief

Back pain can be a particularly bothersome, if not crippling type of pain to deal with, especially if you are an active individual.  Pain in our backs is actually a signal of something bigger, usually it is because our posture is slightly off, our stomach muscles need to be strengthened to carry our back correctly, and many times, back pain can be caused by sitting for long periods.

Remedies for back pain help dull the pain receptors that cause this pain, without the harsh side effects and addictions that can come with chemical pain relievers.  Read more about herba l pain relief remedies here also

Counter to that, it can also be caused by strenuous lifting or exercise.  Shoot, some people blow their backs just moving or stretching the wrong way.  The bottom line is, our backs are very integral parts of our body.  It supports us in every way, so it’s no wonder that millions suffer pain in this area every year. Remedies for Back Pain

Every individual who deals with back pain chooses a different way to remedy the situation.  Some people go to chirpopractors, some go to physical therapy or massage therapy, and some people even take prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers to deal with the pain inflicted on almost a daily basis.  This results in thousands of dollars over one’s lifetime.

Not only that, people may become addicted to prescription medications, or even over the counter back pain remedies which contain painkillers that may build a tolerance and become ineffective, or perhaps even cause you to take more and more creating sort of an addiction.

This family of natural pain relief remedies contains natural and herbal ingredients in it which naturally help to kill pain and calm the inflammation in the tissues that cause the pain to occur in certain areas of the body by helping to suppress prostaglandins.

What are prostaglandins?  They are similar to hormones, but they do not travel or migrate.  They actually act as an activator of the inflammatory response your body has when faced with trauma of any sort.

What this means is, if you injure your back, or you stretch the wrong way, or are in one sitting position for too long, this aggravates the muscles and tissue in your back, which promotes the prostaglandins in their mission to accelerate the inflammatory response.

These pain remedy formulas can target the various pain receptors that cause the specific type of pain you are looking to treat, depending on which formula suits your needs, whether it’s for muscle pain, tension headaches, nerve pain or whatever the case may be.

This translates into back pain for you, and the ensuing discomfort you are probably all too familiar with by now.  It is important to note that natural back pain remedies must be taken on a regular basis to have the greatest effect, as most of the time they are anti inflammatory in nature and have progressively better results, however, you want to consult the labeling of the product as well to see what the indications are.

Other than taking this natural pain remedy regularly, or as needed – whatever your personal situation with back pain dictates, there are also some things you can do to help ensure your back doesn’t get sore, and stays limber.  If you work a desk job, make sure you get up at least once an hour.

Maybe take a short walk or something, go to the restroom, do some short stretches for you back in a private stall and then go back to your desk.  Also, make sure that you get regular exercise of some sort.  One of the worst things for back pain, believe it or not, is sitting still for long periods of time.


By Natural Advocate | August 26, 2012 - 8:47 am - Posted in Alternative Therapies, Natural Pain Relief

Fibromyalgia can be a great robber of life enjoyment and overall happiness. It can contribute to depression because of the pervasive pain and discomfort that accompanies this disorder.  Are there alternative therapies and treatments that really ease the discomfort, for this often-times debilitating disease?

This mysterious ailment is defined as a chronic musculoskeletal disorder with symptoms of widespread and persistent muscle and soft tissue pain and inflammation, fatigue, and tenderness in several key points of the body such as the neck, shoulders and hips. Fatigue is often present in the more severe cases of fibromyalgia, and the degree of pain also depends on the severity of the disorder in the individual.

What Causes Inflammation and How Can You Treat It Naturally?

Flare ups can be caused by stress, muscle injury or over usage of the muscles. Alternative therapies for fibromyalgia like are being perfected as we speak, and there are some promising therapies and treatments in development now that can really help improve people’s lives.

Be sure to incorporate adequate amounts of minerals such as zinc, magnesium and calcium in your diet. These minerals are indirectly responsible for the health and oxygen absorption of your major muscles. Adequate amounts of these minerals, like exercise, will help ensure adequate oxygen delivery to the muscles. Not only that, this helps offset any type of fatigue caused by the disorder.

Also be sure to get plenty of antioxidants in your diet. Antioxidants help destroy free radicals, which are often responsible for the destruction and aging of tissue, including the muscle tissue. Antioxidants are found in abundance in dark leafy green vegetables and brightly colored fruits and vegetables like peppers and oranges.

There are many traditional therapies prescribed to treat fibromyalgia. They range from traditional treatment with NSAID’s (a powerful prescription pain killer which inhibits pain-triggering chemicals from releasing in one’s body and reduces swelling which often contributes to pain) and other anti inflammatories, to magnet therapy, physical and massage therapy, and herbal treatments.

Essential Lifestyle Adjustments

One of the best lifestyle changes for fibromyalgia patients is moderate movement. It is imperative to feed the muscles of the body oxygen by keeping the blood flowing and circulating constantly. This will help reduce any swelling, hence reducing pain, as well as provide the necessary nutrients (oxygen and blood circulation) to your muscles that they need to function properly, and to heal themselves.

In addition to these lifestyle guidelines, you may want to try an alternative herbal fibromyalgia therapy in order to manage flare ups, or as a supplement to your diet in order to reduce daily pain.

Formulated with the right combination of botanical and herbal compounds, the right herbal fibromyalgia pain reducer will reduce the pain naturally, without the undesirable, sometimes addictive, and health threatening side effects of common prescribed anti-inflammatories for fibromyalgia.

As a supplemental therapy for fibromyalgia, it can prove to be a huge benefit in fibormyalgia patient’s lives.

By Natural Advocate | March 18, 2012 - 11:05 am - Posted in Medical News, Natural Pain Relief

The adverse side effects of so many modern prescsription pain medications are evident. Not only that, their addictive nature has spiraled out of control.  This has been drawn into the national spotlight as several celebrities have fallen victim to dangerous drug cocktails that often involve highly addictive pain medications like Vicodin and Oxycontin (see our past story on the problems with Oxycontin addiction).

Celebrities like Whitney Houston, Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith have all been victims who paid the ultimate price for combining multiple heavy hitting drugs.  Brittany Murphey’s 2009 death was linked to combinations of precsription drugs found at her home, although her official cause of death was primarily pneumonia.

Her husband mysteriously died of similar circumstances months after her, which seemed to disappear from the headlines relatively quickly for some reason and didn’t cause as much inquisition as one would think.

A new pain killer medication that is supposed to target pain by interrupting the nerves that cause pain has been put on blast by the FDA due to indications that it may cause bone decay.  It seems that most pain medications have side effects because they somehow trip other areas of the body to malfunction in some way, which suggests that nature does  not intend for us to be able to quell pain in such ways.

I was on Vicodin extra strength for my oral surgery a few years ago, and I can attest to how truly addictive these opiate type pain pills can be. I didn’t realize that I was going through withdrawal from the medication until I snapped at my husband for absolutely no reason and wanted to crawl out of my own skin for an entire day or two.

They are addictive because they really do make you feel “good” and they do take all traces of pain away because they essentially get you high. There I said it, they get you high!


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