Getting Relief From Daily Aches and Pains
Waking up every morning with a groan as you roll over to face the day with the same daily aches is no way to go about life. Besides putting a damper on your morning, daily activities are likely to worsen those aches, leaving you feeling exhausted by bedtime.
Instead, let’s talk about why you might have those daily aches and pains, and what you can do to support a healthy body.
Here’s how to support your body’s wellness when you’re dealing with pesky aches and pains.
Moving Away From Pain
Holistic care in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acknowledges that all parts of the body need to be taken care of to relieve the pain in one part. As such, there are multiple ways to move away from daily aches no matter where you’re feeling the pressure — in fact, we here at WTHN are experts on it.
Below, we list some of the best ways to help you find relief when you wake up in the morning and need to start your day off right.
Mother Nature is on your side, and one of the best things you can do to naturally relieve those aches and pains is take advantage of the powerful botanicals nature has to offer.
Karma Rub does just that, and deeply penetrates the skin to relax the muscles and provide instant tension relief. It’s packed with magnesium chloride and other pain-relieving elements like zinc, iron, copper, and calcium to ease your body.
We recommend applying the cream topically to sore, achy muscles two or three times per day, or at bedtime to relax your mind and help you prepare for a stress-free sleep. After all, your body does most of its rejuvenation while you’re asleep.
Getting to the Point
If you’re ready to take your first steps towards relief, our custom acupuncture treatments here at WTHN can specifically tailored for your holistic and unique journey. Our trained healers specialize in knowing where to apply acupuncture needles to help stimulate nerve bundles, muscles, and hormones for the ultimate relaxation experience.
Hit the Mat
If you suffer from chronic pain, tech neck, headaches, body stiffness, or stress, then an acupressure mat may be the perfect balanced solution for you. Leveraging the traditional principles of acupressure, the WTHN acu mat has gentle stimulators that activate points across the body to foster deep relaxation.
Just lie down, breathe, and find relief.
With an acu mat, you can give yourself the same boost that an acupressure specialist provides, all from the comfort of your own home. These special mats are made from cotton or similar materials and have plastic points to stimulate certain areas of your body. Just position your weight evenly across the mat when you lay down and start reaping the benefits of reducing daily aches and pains.
We recommend using your acu mat once weekly or daily for between 20-30 minutes each session for best results.
Check out the different positions below to target the places on your body that are giving you the most trouble.
- The Back: Lie down slowly on the acu mat with your back flat against the mat, looking up at the ceiling as you do so. If you want to target your lower back or your booty, use a chair or rolled-up blanket to elevate your feet and knees so that your lower back is pressed into the mat.
- The Neck: Use a small pillow or rolled-up blanket underneath your head while you lay your back flat against the acupressure mat. You can lay there for around 40 minutes to feel a release of tension.
- The Feet: Instead of lying down on the acupressure mat, you can stand on it or wiggle your feet around on it to let the hard plastic spikes massage your feet. For a less intense experience, sit down on a chair and then control the pressure on your feet by sliding them around.
Cupping therapy uses suction to put negative pressure on connective tissue and muscles to increase circulation and help you relax. Some people say it feels like a reverse massage.
Historically, Chinese cupping was performed with glass cups and a flame to create a vacuum. At WTHN-for ease and safety-we use plastic cups and a suction gun to get the amount of pressure just right.
Stretch It Out
One of the most common causes of aches and pains is that your muscles are too tight and sore. Even if you didn’t complete something strenuous the day before, daily wear and tear on your body can start to take its toll after a while.
To prevent this, and to help ease your body out of the painful soreness, we recommend stretching for at least 15 minutes every day.
Your legs have the largest muscles in your body (located in your buttocks and thighs), so if you only have time to stretch one part of yourself out, we highly recommend choosing your legs.
Some simple but impactful stretches include:
- Bending over to touch your toes
- Pushing against the wall with one leg back to stretch your calves
- Lifting one leg to stretch your thigh muscles
- Sitting cross-legged and reaching forward to stretch your lower back and gluteal muscles
Stretching can be cooperative too, so if you have a family member or friend who wants to join you, look for stretches that require two people.
Sometimes, our daily aches and pains don’t come from any one body part in particular. Instead, they stem from feelings of stress and overwhelm in our fast-paced and crazy world.
Taking a few minutes to center yourself and focus on your body, without being interrupted by life, is a great way to identify exactly what hurts and to take a stress-free break in the middle of the day.
There are plenty of guided meditations available for podcasts and apps that can help you time it so that you spend a few minutes practicing deep breathing without completely losing track of your day.
Heat Things Up
Your muscles and nerves tend to respond positively towards heat, especially steam. That’s why it’s so common for people to take a long hot bath when they need to relax. Some people enjoy adding Epsom salts to their baths, so your body can soak up that nice magnesium.
However, baths aren’t the only way to help your muscles release the tension that can cause daily aches. Snuggling up under heated blankets or visiting a sauna can also assist you when it’s time to pencil in some me-time.
You can even create your own sauna at home by closing the bathroom door and relaxing inside while you have the water turned up hot. We recommend playing some relaxing music while you do to help you really let go of the tension, stress, and overwhelm so that your whole body can finally take a deep breath.
It’s Your Journey and You’ll Soothe How You Want To
Everyone is on a different wellness journey. The body is complicated, and there are many things that can and do go wrong that end up in aches and pains. Luckily, there are a variety of natural methods to combat those aches and help your body de-stress and relax.