Pain and inflammation usually flare up at the most inconvenient times—ie: right before you’re about to get on a long flight or before that big work presentation. If you’ve been reading our articles, you’re familiar with how to use diet and exercise for long term pain relief. But when pain comes on strong and suddenly, and that ‘thing’ you have in an hour can’t be rescheduled, what do you do? Here are some ways to reduce inflammation in your body fast.
1. Drink a big glass of filtered water. Keeping your body hydrated moves toxins through your liver and kidneys, ridding your body of the things like pesticides, heavy metals, air pollution, mold, etc., that lead to inflammation. It also allows red blood cells to carry oxygen more efficiently, resulting in better muscular function. Water also lubricates your joints and lessens discomfort from arthritis or back pain. (source)
2. Alternate ice and heat. We all know to grab that ice pack (or bag of peas) out of the freezer when pain comes on strong. But did you know that alternating this with heat is much more effective? Heat helps soothe stiff joints and relax muscles while cold helps numb sharp pain and reduce inflammation (source). One of the most effective ways to do this (if you have a few hours to spare along with access to a hot tub) is to alternate every 10 minutes between a cold shower/pool and then a hot tub. Otherwise a couple of gel packs that can be microwaved or frozen will do the trick (keep one frozen in your freezer at all times along with a second one ready to be microwaved). You can also use a frozen bag of vegetables and an electric heat pad.
3. Try these simple neck stretches. When neck, shoulder, or back pain comes on strong, there are a few stretches that you can do to release a little of the pressure and improve mobility.
- Neck tilts. Look forward and tilt your head down so your chin touches your chest. Hold your chin there for 5 seconds. Do this from side to side as well as with your ear leaning towards your shoulder.
- Seated clasping neck stretch. While seated in a chair or on the ground, clasp your hands and bring both palms to the back of your head. Gently pull your chin down to your chest and away from your shoulders. Hold here for at least 30 seconds, and then slowly lift your head up and release your hands. Do this a few times until you feel some pressure release.
- For photos and instructions, as well as more quick stretches and exercises for your neck and back, check out our last post here.
4. Spray magnesium oil on the area of your pain. Supplements often don’t work overnight. It typically takes months for you to notice the benefits. Magnesium oil, however, is absorbed very quickly into your skin, relaxing muscles almost instantly. Magnesium oil is best sprayed after a shower, rubbing it thoroughly on the skin. Leave it to absorb for about 30 minutes before wiping off any residue it leaves behind.
5. Use Oska Pulse. Of course, we’re big proponents of Oska Pulse. It has clinical studies and thousands of testimonials to back it up. Using Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy, Oska Pulse is clinically proven to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, improve mobility and relieve pain. You can strap it on or near your point of pain while you're working, exercising, traveling or doing many of the activities that you love. It’s lightweight and fits in your hand. We can’t promise instant results, though our users say that on average, it takes roughly a few days to a week. Try Oska Pulse now!
In summary, when you’re in a pinch for pain relief, remember: hydration, ice/heat alternation, neck/back stretches, magnesium oil, and Oska Pulse.
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