Mumbai: Today’s opioid painkillers are far more powerful than any previously available prescription medications. In fact, prescription fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Such medicines obviously have a great potential for pain relief, and also a tremendous potential for addiction. Many times, people who become addicted to painkillers quickly turn to heroin, which is an even more dangerous drug.
So, many people seek alternative choices for their pain relief, especially if they suffer from either chronic conditions or less-intense pain. Using painkillers for items like arthritis or chronic back pain is a recipe for addiction, and using painkillers to address tendonitis and similar issues is likened to using a buzzsaw to kill a housefly.
When joints ache, mobility and strength buildup are usually the last things on a person’s mind. And yes, intense movement or strength training can be a recipe for even more pain. But gentle movement may achieve the opposite effect.
For thousands of years, healers in India have recommended yoga for pain relief. There is a natural progression, from very basic poses that emphasize breathing and posture to somewhat more advanced poses to the really advanced ones that appear on the covers of magazines. Each movement gently stretches tendons and muscles, helping to restore range of motion, and each buildup tightens and tones the muscles, adding to this effect.
Modern science has identified another key benefit. Yoga significantly decreases cortisol levels, according to one study. At high levels, this hormone causes a number of ill effects, including:
- Digestive issues
- Depression, and
- Weight gain
A less-stressed life is a less painful life, both in the mind and the body. When these elements are properly aligned, the body experiences less pain or at least does not experience it as intensely.
Yoga classes are available almost everywhere for various age groups and skill levels. Moreover, it is easy to practice poses at home with YouTube and other aids.
Yoga is great for a generalized pain, such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, that either has no source or presents in multiple areas. Yoga is good for area-specific pain as well because each pose focuses on a certain region of the body. Assistive devices, such as lightweight support braces, are even better.
Wrist tendonitis, which is essentially a repetitive stress injury, is a good example. Poor posture contributes to this condition as well. When wrist tendons become inflamed, effective pain management for tendonitis often involves a wrist brace. The brace provides gentle compression that reduces swelling and inflammation, promotes a proper wrist position, and supports the area while the tendons heal. A similar posture support brace for your back might be a good idea as well.
Similar braces are available for tendonitis in other parts of the body as well, such as elbow or ankle tendonitis. These injuries have similar causes and similar cures, which is why a brace is such a good idea. These braces also effectively address pain from muscle sprains and other fitness-related injuries.
Some lifestyle adjustments can largely eliminate the need for pain pills in many pain management regimens, so try one out today.