Chronic Pain Management: Relieve Pain With Oily Fish, Flax Seeds, and Supplements
Chronic pain can affect quality of life by hampering your ability to perform even basic tasks. What may come as a surprise is that chronic pain can be worse when the weather warms up, osteopath Anisha Joshi revealed on ITV’s This Morning. Fortunately, there are some proven ways to relieve chronic pain. Joshi recommends three key dietary elements for his patients.
Joshi also recommended natural supplements to counter symptoms of chronic pain.
Ginger spice supplementation has been shown to have a restorative effect on chronic pain.
It’s typically used to treat digestive issues, the flu, and nausea, but may also be helpful for muscle pain caused by exercise, research shows.
Holland and Barrett cited a study that found that eating two grams of ginger a day for eleven days reduced muscle pain in people who exercise.
In another clinical trial, 247 people with knee pain from osteoarthritis took ginger extract for six weeks.
They felt less pain and needed fewer pain relievers than those who did not.
According to Holland and Barrett, a fish oil supplement can be taken if the fish cannot be eaten as part of your diet.
In several studies, curcumin – the active compound in turmeric – has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity.
Why is chronic pain worse in the summer?
Joshi attributed this trend to two reasons. First, dehydration. “The joints need to be lubricated to prevent friction,” she explained.
As she explained, people are also less active in the heat – keeping moving can keep joints moving.
“Rest is rust, movement is lotion,” Joshi noted.
According to the NHS, being at work can also distract you from chronic pain and, in most cases, won’t make your pain worse.