Many people suffer from aches, pains or injuries at some point in their lives. In fact some people suffer from lower back pain on a daily basis. Our daily lifestyle may be a contributing factor to the large numbers of people suffering from pain. We spend a lot of our time sitting at computers, we work long hours, we exercise less and stress has become a constant part of everyday life. All these factors can contribute to the common muscular aches that people suffer on a daily basis.
It is estimated that 4 out of 5 people suffer from low back pain, that's 80%! Pain is your body's way of telling you that you are on fire - that you are inflamed. Many of those aches and pains that you feel regularly may be a sign of inflammation within your body. Almost all chronic pain is a result of inflammation, including arthritis and other joint, back and muscle problems, digestive disorders like irritable bowel disease and many types of headaches.
Often times, people assume they have to live with pain, and that it's all part of life or growing old. This is absolutely not true! Diet and nutritional supplements can provide powerful relief from muscle spasm, tension and pain. Whether your pain is the result of an injury, tension, stress or some other cause, the strategy for relief is the same. Inflammation must be managed and the muscles must relax so that the normal healing process can occur and inflammation must be managed.
Many different vitamins and minerals are involved in muscle function, so it very important to eat a good diet, chosen from a wide variety of foods.
Magnesium is a mineral that is particularly important for muscle function. It works directly on the muscle cells to relax tense or sore muscles.
Powerful anti-inflammatory herbs and nutrients such as turmeric, boswellia, willow bark, ginger, fish oils and quercetin are designed to rapidly reduce acute pain, swelling, stiffness and/or disability associated with acute injury.
Nutrients such as, glucosamine sulphate, and microcrystalline hydroxyapatite can strengthen and repair damaged tissues and reduce pain and stiffness. Nutrients such as silica, magnesium, lysine vitamin C and manganese are also required for connective tissue strength and repair.
Fruits, vegetables and good fats from fish and nuts all help to reduce inflammation, whilst other foods can increase inflammation. Inflammatory foods include high sugar foods, heavily processed foods that are high in colours, flavours and other artificial ingredients and foods that are high in certain fats, such as many processed and fast-foods.
Along with helping you choose the right nutritional supplements, your naturopath may also recommend homeopathic remedies, massage therapy, hypnotherapy or acupuncture to help manage your pain.