Pain is an alarm bell! Natures way of saying something is wrong.
Pain is a message from the body that it is having trouble in a particular
area. Without pain you would remain unaware of any health problems
and would never know when the body needed help repairing itself. Disease,
injury, and strenuous activity may cause pain in the affected body
part, signaling that damage has been incurred. It also signals you
to rest the injured area so that tissues can be repaired and so that
additional damage can be prevented. Pain motivates you to seek treatment
as well. Some people are born with a rare neurological disorder that
makes them insensitive to pain. Unfortunately, they do not experience
pain when the incur various injuries such as burns,
cuts, and fractures, or if they bite their tongue. Because they are
unaware of the pain, they cannot prevent damage or seek fast treatment.
Pain can result from a combination of physical and mental pain. Some
people can tolerate pain better than others. In some people, pain
is cyclical; pain produces anxiety and this anxiety intensifies the
pain. Fear of the physical problem and anticipation of the pain can
also heighten the pain. People with an uneasy mind will suffer more
from chronic pain. If one knows why one is experiencing pain, one
can tolerate it better.
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There are various techniques to relieve pain. One is heat therapy.
By increasing the temperature in a selected area of the body, heat
enhances blood circulation and increases mobility in that area. Chronic
musculoskeletal problems are best treated with heat therapy. For basic
aches and pains, first apply heat to the affected area. Moist heat
from a warm shower or hydrocollator can reduce stiffness and relax
muscles. Also try a poultice for heat therapy. After heat has been
applied, firmly rub and massage the affected area; this will also
relieve tension. Do not massage is the area is inflamed or if a serious
injury has been incurred. People with phlebitis
or other vascular problems should not use massage.
Some injuries respond better to cold therapy because heat may increase
swelling. Applying ice will numb the nerve endings in the affected
part by reducing the activity of the body cells in that area. Acute
sprains or muscle pulls should be treated with ice to relieve pain
and swelling. Rub an ice pack on the injured area for about 5-7
minutes in a circular motion. Alternating hot and cold treatments
may work well for injuries.
Many headaches are caused by sinus congestion.
Applying pressure to specific areas of the head can open the sinuses
and ease tension. Rub the area surrounding the bones just above and
below the eyes, and massage the cheeks directly in line with these
points. Hang the head down to facilitate sinus drainage. Also applying
heat to the sinuses, especially moist heat can be helpful.
Ben-Gay and Icy Hot are counterirritants that stimulate blood flow
to the affected area. Take precautionary measures when using a counterirritant.
DO NOT apply a heating pad or cover the area with anything except
everyday clothing. Using a heating pad on top of the counterirritant
could increase the medication's rate of absorption into the skin and
cause serious damage to the skin. Also, some products such as DMSO
(dimethylsulfoxide) could cause the counterirritant to be absorbed
into the blood stream if used with any of these rubs. If any pain
or injury persists, see the doctor.
Over the counter drugs that can relieve pain include those that contain
acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Never give children aspirin,
especially if they have flu-like symptoms. Vitamin
C taken with aspirin makes the effects of the analgesic last