Self-care is important. All of my clients know that I can help them help themselves…but they have to help themselves! You are with your body WAYYY more than I am, so you gotta treat it right. When it comes to pain, massage therapy is an excellent way to address it. Chronic pain, which is pain that has lasted about six months or longer, can be trickier to manage. Often, one form of therapy or modality is not enough. You may need multiple approaches to get the job done. The foods we put into our body can help heal us in many ways, and it can also help with pain management.
B vitamins serve many functions in the body. They have been found to improve moods, boost the condition of hair, skin and nails, combat fatigue, as well as decrease muscle pain. A deficiency can cause depression and chronic fatigue. Luckily for us, B vitamins are pretty accessible. A supplement form can be found in grocery stores, health food stores, and online specialty shops. Before buying any supplement, be sure to check the expiration date. This ensures freshness and potency of the vitamin. You can also get them from various foods. These foods include poultry, grass-fed dairy products, cage-free eggs, fish, brussel sprouts, carrots, cabbage, and avocados.
Potassium has a multitude of benefits. It aids in muscle strength, water balance, electrolytic functions, nervous system, and decreases muscle cramping. Many foods contain ample amounts of potassium, including avocado, acorn squash, bananas, spinach, sweet potato, and salmon. Tryptophan converts protein to serotonin and helps improve sleep and improve moods.
As we all know, calcium aids in healthy bones and teeth. It also helps decrease the chance of osteoporosis and aids in muscle contraction, heart, and nerve function. If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet, your bones will begin to weaken, and it will put you at risk for various bone diseases and chronic pain in general. Foods that are high in calcium are broccoli, cheese, almonds, oranges, okra, kale, sardines, and yogurt.
Magnesium helps with pain relief, preventing migraines, and boosting energy. It also helps to regulate potassium, calcium, and sodium levels. Foods that contain magnesium are almonds, tofu, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and bananas. In deficient amounts, magnesium contributes to muscle cramps, anxiety, and restlessness…especially in the legs. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can do the trick!
Now that you know about vitamins and mineral that are helpful in managing chronic pain try including them in your diet on a regular basis…along with exercise, stretching, and massage therapy.
Yours in Health,
If you are looking for someone with massage therapy expertise, who also knows the ins and outs of chronic pain relief look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA.
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