When you deal with daily aches and pains, it can become very frustrating trying to relieve them. People give you plenty of advice about what to do to help, but sometimes it feels like you’ve tried everything, and you’re still in pain. Sometimes when you’ve exhausted all the conventional methods, the only things left to try are the unconventional ones. There are all kinds of strange tips and tricks that help to relieve pain, many of which you wouldn’t have thought of on your own. Next time you have a sore back, headache or joint pain, try these unusual tricks.
Hang Upside Down
Sore back? Research may indicate that using inversion therapy (that’s turning yourself upside down) could help to relieve the pressure on your lower back. There’s no need to risk injury by hanging off the edge of your bed or dangling from a rail by your feet, however. You can buy something called an inversion table, which you safely strap yourself into so you can flip upside down. And don’t worry, it moves slowly. Teeter inversion table reviews show that people who have bought one are happy with their purchase.
Research has shown that swearing and cursing can help you to handle pain better. If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you’re unlikely to be able to get away with shouting four-letter words all day. But when you stub your toe or cut yourself in the kitchen, shouting out a naughty word can be effective for reducing your pain. Scientists found this out by asking people to submerge their hands in ice-cold water, while repeating a word (either a normal word or a swear word). The people who were cursing could handle the pain for longer.
Smell a Green Apple
A study by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago indicated that the smell of green apples could help with pain. People with migraines found that their pain improved when they sniffed test tubes with a green apple scent. It might just be that the smell distracted them. But the researchers suggested that it also could be that the scent helps to relax muscles.
Don’t Expect the Worse
If you’re about to experience an expected pain, like an operation, it could help to lower your expectations. Research has shown that people who expect a lesser pain feel less pain when it comes. An experiment took place involving applying heat to volunteers’ legs. The people who thought the pain would be “moderate to severe” felt more pain than the ones who thought it would only be “mild to moderate”. So some of the pain you’re feeling could just be in your head. Go into it with a brave face and a carefree attitude and you could end up feeling less pain.
One of the greatest tools, when you’re feeling pain, is a distraction. So if these methods don’t make your pain go away, they can help to take your mind off it.