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What is the most powerful pain reliever? Morphine ? Oxycontin ? Fentanyl? Oxymorphone? Methadone? Hydrocodone? Cymbalta ? Lyrica ? Lidocaine?
The answer is none of the above. None of these chemicals have enough power to top this weapon against pain. The most powerful pain reliever is not a chemical, a machine, or a potion. I will give you a hint. It starts with a "D" and ends with an "N". Give up?
Distraction. Yes, that's right; distraction is the most powerful pain reliever in the world according the David Butler, author of Explain Pain and world renowned expert. At the time, he was speaking to a group of manual therapists and doctors. No one in this audience could guess the answer. But, when he said, "Distraction is the most powerful pain reliever", everyone else said, "Of course, brilliant!" Now, before you react to this eye-opening information, imagine this:
Your house is on fire, flames shooting from most windows. All you can think about is poor, precious Mr. Kitty in t...
Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain for 4,000 years, but scientists have had a hard time pinning down exactly how it works. A new study conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and published online May 30 in Nature Neuroscience , identifies adenosine as a central player in the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture in the body. Adenosine is one of the body's natural painkillers, has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to help regulate sleep. It's pain-killing properties become active in the skin after an injury to inhibit nerve signals and ease pain in a way similar to lidocaine. Study Methods and Results The research team performed acupuncture treatments on mice that had discomfort in one paw. The mice each received a 30-minute acupuncture treatment with very fine needles rotated gently every five minutes, much as is done in standard acupuncture treatments with people. The researchers found that:
In mice with nor...
Pain relief can be available without a prescription. And for centuries, ointments, rubs and liniments have been applied to the skin over painful areas. The topical pain relievers have withstood the tests of time, yet sometimes people overlook their existence. Over time, three basic ingredients have prevailed: the menthol products, the herbal products and the capsaicin products. All are worth trying.
The menthol products give your skin a cold sensation by stimulating the cold sensors in the skin. Over the years, I have heard the best results with a product that delivers cold therapy called Biofreeze . Although the company who produces Biofreeze has a rather simplistic explanation about how it works , all you need to know is that it does work for many people. If you have not tried it, you might be pleasantly surprised when you do.
Topical herbal products utilize a variety of substances used in Eastern medicines . One product that is frequently mentioned by name is Tiger Balm ....
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