5. Distraction Tactics
There is something pretty powerful about distraction tactics when it comes to pain relief…squirrel! According to a research study from Japan’s Yokohama City University Medical Center, using positive distraction techniques (or mental images like watching television, listening to music, or a book on tape) to relax and focus patient attention away from discomfort was able to reduce their overall pain perception.
6. Soothe Pain With Massage
We know that one of the many benefits of massage therapy is its ability to encourage endorphin (or feel good hormone) release. Registered massage therapists at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center recommend twice weekly massage treatments to soothe an array of chronic pain conditions—from osteoarthritis to migraine headaches.
7. Spice Up Your Life
Adding a dash of spice to your food—in the form of crucumin, which is found in spices like turmeric and curry, will provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits when it comes to relieving pain. Research published in the Alternative Medicine Review linked curcumin to lowered joint inflammation and improved mobility in a group of osteoarthritis patients.
8. Inhale Apple Scent
When you don’t have any Advil handy, another object that starts with A can do the trick—slice a green apple and inhale the scent deeply…but only if you happen to like the scent. It turns out that the fruity aroma can ease headache and migraine pain, according to a research study conducted by Blau and Solomon. The study monitored 50 migraine sufferers before and after they were exposed to green-apple fragrance. Study participants who were keen on the fragrance reported positive pain reduction while those who disliked green apple scent reported no pain relief.