Coloring Books: Pain Relief for the Mind…?

This may seem like an unusual post for this blog, but it’s being included for a reason. The article is all about the very popular trend of adult coloring books. Yes, it really is a thing. But unlike the simple characters and landscapes featured in kids’ books, these feature extremely intricate designs and patterns that require attention to detail and fine motor skills.

The intention of these advanced coloring books is to relax the adults that use them. In fact, many people use them as stress relievers or even meditation-type tools. The books allow time away from technology and provide a creative outlet that most don’t have otherwise. Instead of multi-tasking, people are forced to be in the moment.

In terms of pain relief, numerous studies have shown that as stress goes down, so too does bodily pain. So if you experience chronic pain but find yourself having a hard time relaxing, it may be worth it to try one of these recommended books. They’re fairly inexpensive and might lead to an improvement in condition.

Read the full article here: The Anxiety-Reducing Activity You Haven’t Tried Since You Were A Kid

Two Ways to Use Garlic to Fight Ear Pain

Garlic is densely packed with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds so it’s no surprise that it can be used to reduce ear pain. According to this article, it can be applied topically by pressing a crushed (and wrapped) clove on the outside of the ear canal. Or a tiny amount of infused oil can be dropped inside. As always, consult with your doctor beforehand as needed.

Read the full article here: Garlic — a natural remedy for ear pain

The Dos and Don’ts of Hot and Cold Therapy

Hot and cold treatments are often mentioned in relation to muscle pain, but rarely are more detailed guidelines provided to maximize relief. That’s where this article comes in. It recommends that people ice to reduce swelling first then heat to boost healing blood circulation after. It also suggests that icing should only be done for short periods at a time and that the skin should always be protected to prevent damage.

Read the full article here: Cold and hot therapies: 4 tips for reducing pain

Hypnobirthing Becoming a Popular Way to Relieve Labor Pains

Labor and delivery pains are some of the most excruciating pains that a human being can experience. As such, women have relied on different methods like epidurals, water baths, and Lamaze breathing techniques to make the experience more bearable. Now, hospitals are reporting surging interest in another method, hynobirthing.

Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis where women learn to relax themselves during childbirth. In fact, it has become so popular that one hospital in the U.K. is reporting that as many as 1,000 pregnant women will use it during 2015. Accordingly, a good number of midwives are also learning the technique. The practice has largely been on the rise due to word of mouth. It helped the early adopters manage their pain, and these women and their midwives shared the positive results with others.

Hypnobirthing could also be helping the birthing process itself, as the hospital noted that the women who relaxed themselves this way had an 80 percent rate of normal births compared to a general figure of 60 percent.

Read the full article here: Rise of mothers-to-be taking hypnobirthing classes as alternative to pain relief during labour

The Downsides of Traditional Fibromyalgia Medicines

In this post, a doctor explains why people with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome often do not respond to traditional medicines. And it’s because they tend to have numerous symptoms that require multiple drugs to treat. At the same time, each has its own side effects which 1. may not appear immediately and 2. could cause other symptoms to worsen.

Read the full article here: Why Traditional Medicine Alone Isn’t The Answer For Fibromyalgia

How Plants Can Help You Fight Migraines

Migraines can be debilitating and frequent for some people. Instead of taking medications each time, sufferers could try one or more of these natural remedies. They include plant matter like butterbur, feverfew, peppermint, chamomile, and willow bark. Other dietary solutions listed in the article include ginger, cherries, and a carrot and spinach juice mixture.

Read the full article here: 11 Home Remedies To Prevent And Cure Painful Migraine

Two Hip Flexor Stretches to Ease Low Back Pain


This post from PopSugar is all about back pain relief. And it should be no surprise that it’s been super popular with readers because back pain is one of the most common health problems in the world. In fact, 80 percent of us are expected to suffer from it at some point.

Rather than focus on the different treatments that are available, the piece takes a smart approach by drilling down on one key area of the body—the hip flexor. Also called the psoas, this muscle forms a band connecting the low back to the upper thigh bone through the pelvis. The strategic location makes it easy to understand how a feeling of tightness and even pain can occur in the low back if the muscle is tense or bunched.

To counteract this issue, which can easily happen with all the sitting people do, the writer presents two stretches. One is the hip flexor stretch which can be done anywhere with no props, and the other is the psoas stretch on a roller which requires the use of a foam roller or similar rounded device.

Read the full article here: Quick Fix For Back Pain — Stretch Your Hip Flexors

Natural Remedies for Different Stomach Pains

Stomach problems can be a hindrance since they can be painful and lead to other issues like sleeplessness, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. According to this article, some natural remedies include cold, slightly diluted milk which acts an antacid, papaya if the problem is related to menstruation, and the juice from crushed ginger to relieve bloating.

Read the full article here: These quick-fixes for stomach pain work like a charm!

The Pantry Items That Can Help Relieve a Toothache

There seem to be few pains worse than a toothache. It’s not only located prominently in the face, but it can also access the extremely sensitive network of nerves there as well. According to this article, chewing raw garlic or onion can help, as can clove oil and tea bags which have been steeped. These latter options may be more palatable for many.

Read the full article here: Three Natural Remedies for a Painful Toothache

Hospital’s New Hyperbaric Chambers Poised to Fight Pain

Hyperbaric chambers seem to be mentioned most often in terms of Michael Jackson sleeping in one in the mid-80s and of burn victims recovering from their injuries. And while new technologies have attracted more publicity over time, these oxygen-delivering devices are still considered effective in treating certain issues like diabetic foot ulcers, trauma from radiation, and chronic bone infections.

They can also help to reduce pain which results from chronic wound and soft tissue damage. This is among the many reasons that Holyoke Medical Center in Massachusetts has recently added two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers to its facilities. Each 9-foot sealed tube delivers pure oxygen to speed healing and help fight infection. Because of the pressure inside, the body is able to absorb a higher concentration of oxygen molecules which eventually make their way to the injured area. The chambers are part of the hospital’s new Wound Care Center.

Read the full article here: Holyoke Medical Center gets 2 hyperbaric oxygen chambers for pain relief