Seniors who experience chronic pain frequently use both prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat their symptoms. However, many seniors are turning to more holistic methods as an alternative or even in conjunction with their traditional medications. The elderly care experts at Kitchener Home Care Assistance have put together a list of some natural remedies that may help relieve your senior loved one’s chronic pain.
One of the most common causes of chronic pain is inflammation, which results when a senior’s body attempts to protect itself by adding extra “padding” with blood and other fluids. Studies have shown taking 1200 milligrams of fish oil per day can reduce chronic inflammation around the joints.
While most people think of turmeric as a common spice in Indian food, this root has actually been used as a painkiller for thousands of years. Much like fish oil, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce chronic pain. This spice is often given to seniors with osteoarthritis and various autoimmune diseases.
Not many people realize their mental health is closely intertwined with their physical health. However, countless studies have shown us that issues such as chronic stress and depression can exacerbate physical ailments and alter the way we perceive pain. Valerian is a natural herb that can help your loved one relax by altering the pain receptors throughout his or her body.
Recent studies have revealed nearly 32 percent of Canadian adults have a vitamin D deficiency. While researchers are not exactly sure how vitamin D affects pain receptors, they have determined seniors with a vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to experience chronic pain. If your loved one is not getting much sunlight, vitamin D can also be taken as a daily supplement.
A Brisk Walk
Chronic pain often occurs when our bodies are not producing enough painkilling hormones like endorphins. This is especially common for seniors who live a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise. Even moderate exercise such as a brisk walk three or four times a week can increase your loved one’s pain threshold and actually change how he or she perceives pain.
Though it may take some trial and error to find the right remedies for your loved one’s pain, the right patience and support can make the process easier for him or her. If your loved one needs additional help managing chronic pain, a live-in or hourly caregiver in Kitchener can help. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are available 24/7 to provide mobility assistance and medication reminders, help with exercise, and much more. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (519) 590-2792 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.