Poultice: Natural Healing & Pain Relief

From chronic pain to acute pain, we are a society that is built upon the use of oral anti-inflammatories, pain relievers and steroids. For many individuals, the use of all natural products to alleviate pain has become a focus, moving away from traditional medicine.

One such aspect of natural healing involves the use of a pain management technique known as a poultice. A poultice is a natural method for healing that provides external therapeutic application, often alleviating the need for oral pain relievers, steroids and anti-inflammatories.

Poultice is the term used to describe a concoction of therapeutic products which promote warm or hot healing properties. When heat is used in the promotion of pain relief, the process works to relax the muscles, dilate capillaries, promote blood flow and draw toxins away from the affected area.

Creating a paste, a poultice is warmed and then spread into muslin, linen or gauze and applied to the area that is creating the chronic pain. Most often, patients who suffer from boils, fractures, fibrocystic disease, lymph node enlargement, isolated neuropathic pain and even sunburn, find the use of a poultice to be quite effective in lieu or oral pain relieving agents.

When successfully created with cornmeal and herbal mixtures, and applied with an extra layer of cotton to prevent heat loss, a poultice can provide pain relief, and reduce inflammation, for as long as six hours. For many individuals who must continue to work while suffering with pain, creating a natural herbal mixture poultice often provides the necessary pain relief so as to avoid using oral medications that may impair the ability to function in the work environment.

If you prefer a cool or cold poultice therapy, instead of using cornmeal as the base for the paste creation, alternative healing practitioners usually recommend using a clay base as this provides for a longer cooling effect. Cool poultice remedies also work well with sunburn and fractures.

As with any injury or complication that results in inflammation and pain, the key to your optimal health lies in obtaining early diagnosis and treatment, often with a medical …

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Tips for Coping with Chronic Pain

As a cancer survivor, chronic pain has been a big part of my lifestyle for six years now. I have found that pain management is a very important part of controlling the symptoms and finding lasting relief. In addition, you must learn to manage your pain, in order to find any kind of relief for your nagging pain. However, here are some important tips to consider, when managing chronic pain with medications or alternative therapies.

Managing the Pain

Furthermore, it is important to find the right medications or alternative therapies, which will relieve your symptoms. If you take your medication at a certain time each day, you will stay with effective pain relief. Every minute feels like an eternity, when your symptoms began to breakthrough after you have established a regular routine. When this happens, it is usually controlled with medication or alternative treatments.

Seeing a Specialist

Additionally, it is important to see a specialist, because they can help you control your pain effectively with medication. However, you must be willing to experiment with several types of treatments. Then, the doctor can find the right medicine and therapy to control your pain, since no two patients are alike. These pain specialists are trained in finding the most effective way to manage your symptoms, so make an appointment today.

Alternative Pain Therapy

Right now, there are many different types of alternative therapies to control pain and its effects on the person. The practice of acupuncture is a popular form of pain relief, which is said to have helped many people ease their pain. Some people swear by meditation while others recommend vitamins and teas. Be sure to research the alternative therapies you are interested in, so you can avoid a possible scam.

Coping with the Pain

Start by looking for a hobby, which allows you to focus on something besides the pain you are feeling. For example: journaling, sewing, solving puzzles, reading, and playing games can help take your mind off the pain. Sometimes talking to others may help, so build up your local support system. This way, you can learn …

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Pain in Finding Happiness: Trouble Brews

As with any story; there is another side, an unbelievable twist, a shocking final chapter to the story of Christy and Frank. In the last chapter Christy found at least a piece of happiness when Frank seemingly changed overnight, this installment brings that shocking twist to life.

For weeks Frank had been very close to what Christy would have called perfect. He was not drinking and was continuing to show her the attention and love she had been craving all along. Christy was so happy that she didn’t know what to think about everything that had transpired; all she knew was that she truly felt as though she had a partner again and she liked it.

Frank seemed at ease with their life as well; he didn’t seem to hold any resentment or anger any longer and was at least pretending to care. He had told Christy he was happy they had begun to work things out together and Christy was able to relax and try to allow Frank the room he needed to breathe. She didn’t know if Frank was truly happy or if it was all part of some sordid game but she hoped for the best. All she ever wanted, all she had asked of him he was doing and she was overwhelmed with love and pride for the strong man that she saw before her.

On the day that changed everything Frank kissed Christy and told her he loved her before she went to town, Christy was radiating happiness as she ran her errands. Only 2 hours later Christy came home wanting to share the events of the day with the man she loved. She couldn’t wait to get through the door and give him a hug, tell him she loved him, and spend a quiet evening with her husband.

She barely got to finish saying “hi baby, I missed you today!” before Frank changed the atmosphere from Happy to see you to complete confusion. The only thing he could say to her was that he didn’t care about her day and he was going to …

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Chronic Pain – No Exit

Chronic pain has offered me my last rebirth, my last reinvention. My career in mutation ceased the day it came filing into my life, like an occupation, insidious and absolute, or like the musical version, whimsy thinly masking tragedy. It’s theater of the absurd, No Exit.

Perhaps I needed someone or something to come in and seal up every conceivable escape route, but I would have preferred a slightly less merciless tactic. But war is not diplomatic.

I had not thought of it in terms of agency, of freedom, until a recent therapy session. Perhaps I have lived with it too long, but it struck me when she said I must feel a sense of loss of freedom. And of course it is a loss of many things, but freedom is perhaps a factor in all of the things one loses in the interminable insistence of chronic pain.

The freedoms lost are both predictably significant and tragically fundamental. Take, for example, the ability to merely sit and think, to enjoy stasis, to stare blankly, to slip into the void of time and thought, lost; It is not the freedom of planning a vacation without the fear of whether you will feel well enough to even make it through the plane ride, let alone enjoy the trip; it’s not losing the ability to sleep through the night, the joy of having sex without fear of pain or without knowing that pain will overcome you when it’s over; the fear of losing a job and your financial security and future; or the dignity of keeping your health private or the sheer loss of the beauty of shared struggles with others about health issues that arise and pass dutifully or at least subside back into the realm of “normal”, of humanly manageable, of briefly mentioned and avoidable, of doctor curable and understandable. No, it’s not all these things that you think of when you are in the jungle of the worst pain; the tragedy of epic proportion, the grave digger of the chronic pain sufferer, is simply the loss of the ability to …

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Understanding Pain and Bondage

In recent years, more people have been looking into ways of making their sex lives more interesting. Of necessity, this means reading or experimenting in areas once considered “taboo”. Today, we have largely become more open to the discussion of various subjects and practices. Within limits, of course.

One area which has gained a lot more curiosity, interest and experimentation is the practice of bondage and pain. This practice was once called S&M;, which stands for either “Sadism and Masochism” or “Slave and Master/Mistress”. Today, the term used has become BDSM, for “Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, Masochism or Slave, Master/Mistress”. While more people have been looking into this practice, it is still largely misunderstood.

Many images about this practice are false. Clothing is popular which indicate people practice BDSM, yet many who wear such clothing do not truly practice it. Images, sets and scenes in movies allude to various aspects of BDSM, yet are most commonly written and designed by people who know little or nothing of the subject. Simply put, you cannot tell if a person practices BDSM by the clothes they wear, what movies they watch, how their home is decorated, what religion they do or do not belong to or because they have tattoos or piercings.

One of the first things to understand about BDSM is that there are many different levels to the practice. Just stating one practices BDSM is actually very little information. It’s like someone saying they like spicy food. That doesn’t say if they like Mexican, Cajun, Italian, Moroccan or just how hot or mild they may like their food. Some may say they like spicy foods but draw the line at anything hotter than Taco Bell, while others like food so spicy it will strip the paint from your car!

To make things clear and understandable, some myths must be dealt with. Let’s take a look at some of these myths.

Myth: BDSM is all about one person having power over another.

Fact: The power dynamics in BDSM are complex. However, those dynamics tend to be more defined than the average “normal” relationship. …

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Aren’t You in Pain

I was out one day with two family members that know I suffer from chronic pain and illness. We had lunch and then went walking around a few sites where we were. Both of them were complaining of aches and pains after we walked around a while and climbed stairs, etc. Finally, at one point one of them asked me, “Aren’t you in pain? You haven’t’ said anything all day.”

I was surprised at the question. Of course I’m in pain. My chronic pain never goes away and with all the walking and such we were doing I was clearly limping and was even partially leaning over.

My reply was, “Yeah, I’m hurting. But it is what it is. We’re almost done walking so I’ll make it.” and that was that.

What I was thinking was, “Of course I’m in pain! But focusing on it won’t change it and probably will only make it worse. I’d rather enjoy the day.”

I didn’t complain about it because it wouldn’t change how much pain I was in. When I complain about being in pain it is for a reason. For example, to let someone know I can not go any further or need to slow, or sit down. Simply complaining I’m in pain with other people doesn’t change my pain and it only makes other people uncomfortable. The “regular people”; the ones without pain; don’t want to hear about your pain. I have found that if you want to continue to be around regular people its is best not to talk about your pain openly very often. Only speak of it when you must. The rest of the time its best to be quiet about it.

It also helps my own outlook not to be constantly focused on the pain. If I am not thinking about and talking about my pain at all times I can focus on other things and enjoy other aspects of life. I can put the pain in the back of my mind and life life. If someone is talking about their pain then they are focusing on …

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Use A Massager To Get Relief From Pain

Would it be wise to invest in an electric massager for pain removal?

Massage is good for your body as it regulates the blood circulation and has healing approaches. The practice of kneading and rubbing the body with the hand or an electronic massager can do wonders on the pain areas of your body parts. It helps to release muscle knots and brings in full relaxation to the human body. There are different techniques used so that you can get the maximum benefit from it and can relieve you from pain. For the human hand massage, you would require a therapist who may not be available all the time. This is where an electronic massager comes handy when you desperately need a massage to eradicate your pain.

Benefits of an electronic massager

A massage has many benefits which include rejuvenation of your body and good night’s sleep. You are sure to gain the below-mentioned advantages when you buy the massager.

  • The best therapy for muscle and joint pain – Your work profile and lifestyles are so hectic that you are prone to facing problems on different body parts. A person who is involved in a desk job faces issues on knees, shoulders, and neck. Whereas, a person who travels a lot suffer from stressed muscles, tissues, and ligaments. If you are able to get a massage done with the electric massager on your own, you can spare yourself from back pain, arthritis, spondylitis, and cold shoulder.
  • Helpful for headaches and migraines – A person who has migraines can understand the pain of severe headaches from time to time. It can occur at any point in time and is a terrible thing to bear in your body. A quick neck, face and head massage with the massager can give you instant relief. The head massage targets the brain and relaxes its nerves. The neck and face massage hits the nerves and jaw and relaxes you. You can get back to work easily without gulping any pain killer which has bad side effects.
  • Enhances digestion – You can improve upon your gut
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The Painful Truth: What Causes Learning Disabilities?

The exact cause for learning disabilities (LD’s) has not yet been proven, although three factors are considered to have significant effects:

Genetic Influences – there is a possibility that learning disorders are passed down from one generation to the next, as children with learning disabilities can be traced to older relatives with the same or similar symptoms.

Education, Learning Styles, Memory and Learning Difficulties Concept Vector Illustration.

Brain Development – before and after the birth of a child, there are many factors that affect brain development – positively or negatively. Low birth weight, premature birth, lack of oxygen and head injuries may hamper development significantly.

Environmental Impacts – poor nutrition and an unhealthy air or water environment may cause learning disabilities in children, whether in youth or adult life.

A child who has learning disabilities is not necessarily less competent than another who has none- intelligence is not dampened by learning disabilities. Some children with LD’s have proven to be more intelligent than their counterparts. Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, and Alexander Graham bell had learning disabilities.

The most common struggles for children with LD’s are related to reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) and mathematical (dyscalculia) ability. Learning Disabilities affect the brain’s ability to receive, process, analyze or store the information it receives. This manifests itself in different ways, but the usual result is that these children lag behind academically.

For young children with reading difficulties, it is helpful to teach them to associate pictures with words and sounds. This can be done while storytelling, shopping, or when walking past signs (exit, entrance, walk, don’t walk, etc.). Action pictures can be discussed and studied with the child, to encourage him or her to put observations to intelligible words.

Some children with LD’s are placed in Special Education, where their learning needs are met more accurately, and they have higher chances of succeeding with their studies. Children in Special Education may feel isolated from or inferior to their peers, even if they are capable of thinking intelligently. They find solace in after-school activities such as sports, where there is no academic grade to …

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