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Inflammation and pain are often very much related to diet. Eating animal protein may cause inflammation and lead to ailments such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Eating less animal protein and eating more raw fruits and vegetables can decrease inflammation and pain.

Sunlight is a remedy for faster healing and pain relief. A study published in the January 2006 issue if Psychosomatic Medicine reported that postoperative patients in a University of Pittsburg study recovered faster and experienced less stress when recovering in a sunny room, as opposed to in a dimly lighted room. They also used 22 percent less painkillers per hour. Sunlight increases serotonin, a brain chemical that affects mood, sleep and appetite.

REST. Sometimes simple rest is the best strategy for pain relief. If muscles are overworked or stressed, allowing the muscle to recover through non-use may free you from pain.

Movement is a good pain reliever. The body wants to move. By taking a muscle through its full range of motion, muscle soreness and tightness can often be eased and recovery and healing accelerated. Active Stretching is the most efficient movement you can use to help relieve pain caused by tight, sore muscles.

Breathe when you have pain from tight muscles. Holding your breath locks muscle tightness in place. Doing an exhale helps to stimulate tight muscles to relax and release .

   Water may be a good strategy for easing muscle pain. Dehydration can cause an increase in inflammation and swelling and slow recovery time of sore, overworked or injured muscles.
    Simply drinking more water has been shown to decrease soft tissue pain that is the result of fatigue, overuse, inflammation and injury.

      Certain foods can increase pain and slow healing. Sugar, caffeine and saturated fats all increase inflammation which is often a major cause of soft tissue pain. Limiting or eliminating these foods from your diet can help to decrease inflammation and therefore decrease pain.
 

Publications

Spirit of Change Magazine,  Winter 2007 Issue
           
New England's holistic magazine since 1987
"Healing Pain" Article by Barry L. Bailey, MS, LMT
The body wants to be well. Learn how the simple application of movement and breathing can ease soft tissue/muscle pain.
http://www.spiritofchange.org/articles.php?id=217

Quotes of Note

“You should stretch to do Yoga. You should not do Yoga to stretch,”
          
 Yoga Bhusahn Yogi Vinay Rai, distinguished Yoga teacher, India.

"Your Pain is Your Choice"
            Barry Bailey, Creator and developer of STAR Tech®

"Listen to your body; it knows what it needs most."
            Terri Trespicio

"It is easy to dodge responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities."
        Josiah Stamp

"When someone shares something of value with you and you benefit from it, You have a moral obligation to share it with others."
        Chinese Proverb

"Recognition is necessary for healing and recovery."
         Unknown

"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."
            Hippocrates

"If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health."
            Hippocrates

"Health is not a miracle of modern science. The principles of self-healing are a naturally occurring component of all biological systems. We are born with a healing system and can cultivate an awareness of and appreciation for the largely common-sense principles that seem to facilitate this healing by simply paying attention"
            David S. Riley, MD in Alternative Therapies, March 1997

"The (human) body itself is the most advanced healing tool ever created. Within the body as a whole, and within every cell of the body, is contained the totality of information that a person needs to be healthy, to constantly heal, and regenerate the body."
            Jon Schreiber, Chiropractor, Body-work Director, The Institute for Health Improvement, Oakland, CA

"A greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."  
            Walter Bagehot, English Journalist

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall."   
                Confucius

"Later never exists!"
                Anonymous

“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.”  
                Alan Cohen

"Nothing happens until something moves."
                Albert Einstein

". . . exercise can help people with arthritis stay fit enough to perform everyday tasks like cooking, dressing and bathing."   
               
AARP Bulletin/June 2005

"Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is."
                Christiaan Barnard

"The body never lies."
                Martha Graham, Modern Dancer and Choreographer

"Think only of the need, and the impossible is accomplished."  
                Clara Barton, Founder of the Red Cross

The two most power-filled words are "I can".
You CAN heal. You CAN be pain-free.

"Stretching is a daily requirement."
                Aaron Mattes, developer of Active Isolated Stretching

"Stretching should be a painless, peaceful experience." 
                Aaron Mattes, developer of Active Isolated Stretching

"Everything we do to each other on this planet effects each of us in some way."
                Laurel J. Freeman, AMTA Past President

"We've never seen a condition Massage does not benefit."
                Developmental Psychologist Tiffany Field, PhD, Founder of the Touch Research Institute at the Miami School of Medicine. Quoted in AARP Magazine.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
                Eleanor Roosevelt

The Wolves

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a
battle that goes on inside people.
He said, "My son, the battle is between two
"wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil
.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret,
greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
 

The other is Good
.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility,
kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather:
"Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied,
"The one you feed."

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BB

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This page last updated 9-8-08
 

 

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