5 WAYS TO BEAT PAIN

Scottish Daily Mail - - Inspire -

From back prob­lems to arthri­tis, here, ex­perts rec­om­mend five of the best prod­ucts for chronic pain.

VI­BRAT­ING PIL­LOW £23.94, sen­so­ry­di­rect.com

‘I OF­TEN rec­om­mend this kind of thing for my pa­tients with back pain,’ says Dr Vanessa Hodgkin­son, a pain man­age­ment con­sul­tant at Spire Not­ting­ham Hospi­tal.

‘Placed over the area of pain, the vi­bra­tions can re­ally help, par­tic­u­larly if you need to sit for a lengthy pe­riod, say when trav­el­ling. The mas­sag­ing ac­tion is com­fort­ing and the nerve stim­u­la­tion from the vi­bra­tions may also help dis­tract from or dull any pain sig­nals.’

CHRONIC PAIN DI­ARY £6.99, ama­zon.co.uk

‘NOT­ING down what level your pain is on a scale of one to ten, what trig­gers it, and how long it lasts on a daily ba­sis al­lows you to see pat­terns,’ says Dr At­tam Singh, a con­sul­tant in pain medicine at The Lon­don Pain Clinic.

‘This can help you an­tic­i­pate and treat pain more ef­fi­ciently. A di­ary like this has spe­cific sec­tions to fill in, but an or­di­nary note­book is fine, too, or you can print off pain di­ary pages from the in­ter­net.’

GOPO JOINT HEALTH CAPSULES

£18.99 for 120 capsules, boots.com ‘SEV­ERAL well-de­signed stud­ies in­volv­ing pa­tients with os­teoarthri­tis have shown that tak­ing galac­tolipid, or GOPO, an ex­tract of rose hips, can rapidly re­duce joint pain, stiff­ness and re­duce the need for painkillers,’ says Dr Rod Hughes, a con­sul­tant rheuma­tol­o­gist at St Peter’s Hospi­tal in Chert­sey.

Rose hip ex­tract is thought to be an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory. ‘While it may not work for ev­ery­one, the ev­i­dence seems to be con­sis­tent. If peo­ple wish to try a nat­u­ral rem­edy, I would rec­om­mend this.’

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‘STRESS, and its phys­i­cal ef­fects, such as mus­cle tight­ness, have been shown to sig­nif­i­cantly ex­ac­er­bate chronic pain,’ says Dr Singh. ‘Fol­low­ing mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion tech­niques — like those out­lined on this app — can help.’

TRIG­GER POINT MAS­SAGE BALL

£5.50, ama­zon.co.uk ‘TH­ESE spiky trig­ger point balls can be good for re­leas­ing painful tight mus­cles,’ says Lyn­d­say Hirst, a phys­io­ther­a­pist and teacher at yourpi­lates physio.com. ‘Place the ball un­der the area and roll on top of it un­til you find the trig­ger or sore spot. Roll on and off un­til the pain di­min­ishes.’

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