The Best Pain-Relieving Foods

There are a lot of weapons available in the fight against pain, some more useful than others.  As practitioners of holistic healing methods, we try to help patients find more safe and natural means by which to alleviate their discomfort.  In the long term, solutions such as prescription pain killers cause more harm than good, and they generally lose their effectiveness over time.  The methodologies employed by SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers have been proven time and time again to help reduce pain and inflammation and increase range of motion.  These therapies include chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, and massage.  However, just as important as what happens in the physician’s office is what happens outside of it.  Changes in day-to-day life including exercise and nutrition are what will propel in-office results and truly improve health.

When it comes to diet, a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables, protein, and starches is ideal.  However, there are some foods that may prove more valuable than others, particularly in the fight against pain and inflammation:

Coffee for Headaches

That morning cup of java can perk you up in more ways than one.  The caffeine in coffee can help narrow dilated blood vessels which are frequent headache culprits.  Additionally, it has been shown to help make your pain relievers more effective.  However, use too much and this remedy can lose its pain-relieving capabilities, so rely on it sparingly.

Peppermint for IBS

So much more than just a breath freshener, peppermint is another good choice to combat headaches and even IBS.  Peppermint oil, in particular, can be rubbed on the temples or wrists, as the scent helps prevent muscle spasms.

Fish to Reduce Inflammation

More specifically, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.  Salmon is a particularly good choice to help improve circulation while also reducing inflammation found in blood vessels and nerves.  It doesn’t take much, just two or three servings a week can be beneficial.

These are just three of the many pain-fighting foods at our disposal.  Other strong options include ginger, cherries, and even edamame - each one offering benefits that can combat inflammation and increase comfort levels.  Too often, patients get stuck in a rut, continuously using the same medications to treat a problem AFTER it flares up.  The key is to make lifestyle changes that will prevent the pain from occurring, while repairing the damage that has already taken place.  Among the many options we can give you to accomplish this goal, none are more important than diet.

If you aren’t sure where to start or how to incorporate these foods into your current diet, contact SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers.  Adjustments are not our only specialty, and you’ll find someone in each office who is experienced in providing sound, nutritional advice.  Simply click below to request your appointment.