These days, so many of us spend hours slouched in front of the computer or hunched over the steering wheel. Throw in a past injury, a family history of arthritis, or maybe pick up a heavy box the wrong way, and you can suddenly find yourself among the 116 million Americans living with pain each and every day.
Dr. Oz presents seven solutions to help make that pain a thing of the past.
Back and Neck Pain Relief
The most troublesome spots tend to be in our back and necks. That’s because every time you move, you bend your spine, squishing and compressing the discs between its bones. Sometimes too much spinal pressure on a disc can cause it to bulge out and press on a nerve, causing the nerve to get inflamed and signal pain that just won’t let up. Our bodies have more than 50 nerves off the spinal cord.
A vitamin B12 supplement boost helps to ease your back pain by encouraging your body to thicken its protective coating around your nerves, so they don’t “short circuit” and cause pain. Take just 1 to 2 mg daily.
Block your nerves’ pain impulses with a capsaicin cream. Rub the healing cream on your neck and back muscles for relief. You’ll probably experience a burning sensation; capsaicin is the same ingredient that gives chili peppers their spicy kick! Apply it three times daily for any chronic pain. Believe it or not, two sprays of capsaicin spray can also help stop a headache in minutes!
Joint Pain Relief
Of course, pain doesn’t just confine itself to the neck and back. Many of us experience aches in our joints, especially as we age. As the years pass, our joints’ smooth surfaces roughen as natural lubrication and cartilage diminish, resulting in friction and pain. The following two solutions will help to combat joint pain.