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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain, you might be able to take some comfort in the fact you have plenty of company — and an increasing number of options to safely manage symptoms.
Indeed, a wide variety of conditions including headaches, back injuries, and disorders such as fibromyalgia can cause chronic pain, and some sufferers may not even know what’s behind the persistent pain they feel. The diversity of culprits behind chronic pain means it’s extremely common. According to a 2015 report from the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 11.2 percent of American adults, or 25.3 million people, experienced some sort of pain every day for at least three months. Although not necessarily persistent, an estimated 126 million adults, or 55.7 percent, reported some type of pain in the three months prior to the NIH’s data collection survey.
Exploring Strategies Outside the Doctor’s Office
The prevalence of chronic pain has led more people to try health approaches such as yoga, meditation, massage, and other strategies that may help manage symptoms not fully or consistently addressed with medication, surgery, or other conventional treatments. If you’d like to explore some of those options, clearing clutter in your home to create a serene space for yoga and meditation sessions is an excellent first step toward proactive pain management.
Start slow to avoid aggravating any pain-causing conditions when you are creating a relaxation zone. Make your serene space an electronics-free zone and consider introducing low-maintenance plants that purify the air. Maybe you could also experiment with essential oils to add aromatherapy, which has been shown to decrease pain, anxiety, and depression in some small studies, to your self-treatment arsenal.
Your area doesn’t have to be expansive, but it does help if it’s in a location with minimal distractions. So select a spot away from the traffic flow of your home and opt for lamps or sconces rather than harsh overhead lighting. If your hideaway does double duty as a yoga and meditation area, include some type of aesthetically pleasing storage system for your mat and other yoga gear so they won’t take your mind off meditation.
Yoga can be part of a regular exercise routine, which studies show helps control chronic pain, especially when coupled with a healthy diet. You might also want to add massage to your pain-management toolbox. Studies have shown massage therapy can lessen symptoms associated lower back pain, arthritic knee pain, chronic tension headaches, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. Research shows massage therapy can also stave off stress, muscle tension, anxiety, and insomnia, which can be both causes and effects of chronic pain for some. Consult your medical provider for advice when looking for therapists (the cost of a one-hour massage averages $60).
Chronic pain can limit the amount of tasks you can complete on a daily basis. Instead of struggling to do them all by yourself, try to focus more on relieving the pain by asking for assistance. You can turn to a professional service for help. Whether the lawn needs to be mowed or the house needs a cleaning, professionals can complete these chores for you. You should research the costs before deciding on a service; for example, a cleaning service in Ellenton usually costs $81 – $140.
Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders often go hand in hand with chronic pain. So monitoring your mental health is just as important as addressing your physical needs. If you need help coping with your condition, there are a number of resources to tap. Try talking to your doctor or investigating education, advocacy, and support groups listed by organizations such as the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.
You may also consider consulting a mental health professional to help you deal with your diagnosis. Some psychologists and other practitioners are specially trained to work with patients diagnosed with conditions that cause chronic pain. They can teach relaxation techniques or even help you develop strategies to change the way you think about pain.
Chronic pain is serious, and managing it isn’t easy for many. But you can take steps to help your healthcare team handle your chronic pain and the conditions behind it. After all, only you know exactly how you feel at any given moment, so take charge and become your own biggest advocate.
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Millions of Americans struggle every day with mental health issues, from depression and anxiety to disorders that haven’t been diagnosed. With these issues can come difficulty focusing on work or school, problems within relationships, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide, making it extremely important to find healthy ways to boost emotional and mental wellness.
Practicing self-care is crucial to mental wellness, and the wonderful thing about it is that it can be tailored to fit anyone’s needs. Self-care is about figuring out the best way to make yourself feel happy and stress-free, and when partnered with practices like daily exercise and eating well, it can help you get back on track and be ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
Here are a few of the best ways to benefit from self-care.
Come up with a mental health plan
A mental health plan will address your immediate needs while keeping in mind any needs you may have in the future. This means you’ll need to think about the best ways to relax and learn to cope with stress and anxiety in the moment, and figure out a daily schedule that will keep you on track. It’s crucial to come up with a mental health plan for when you’re at home and when you’re at work since the workplace is a huge contributor to Americans’ out-of-control stress levels. While it’s easy to turn to unhealthy coping strategies to deal with your workload, such as sneaking a cigarette or having a cocktail on your lunch break, it’s best to replace these practices with coping techniques that are actually good for you. For example, you can try stepping away from your phone and computer for a 10-minute mindfulness meditation, go for a quick jaunt around the outside of your building, or even just put on a smile, which naturally triggers feel-good chemicals in your brain.
If you work long hours, consider cutting back or asking for help. If this isn’t possible at work, make your time at home as relaxing as possible by having other family members contribute to completing chores, and making a pact with yourself not to bring the office home with you.
Do something you love
Even if you love your job, there still may be things you just can’t get from it, such as creative fulfillment. Finding a hobby or a way to express yourself creatively can help you learn to relax and can bring you satisfaction, which can, in turn, boost confidence and self-worth. For example, if you’ve ever wanted to express yourself through visual arts, pick up a paintbrush and learn how to work in oils. Always wanted to try your hand at playing an instrument? Consider woodwinds such as clarinets or saxophones, both of which are great for beginners. In addition to giving you a creative outlet, these activities are wonderful ways to keep your mental health on track.
Get enough rest
Getting adequate rest is a huge part of taking good care of yourself, and if you lead a busy lifestyle or have many responsibilities, this can be difficult. Set a goal to sleep at least seven hours per night, and start a bedtime routine that will help you relax and wind down so that falling asleep is easier. You may be surprised at how many things will change for the better once you get enough rest.
Of course, it’s not just about the quantity of rest you’re getting. The quality of your sleep is important too. If you’re tossing and turning, waking frequently, or experiencing neck or back pain overnight or first thing in the morning, you may need a new mattress. Before you make a purchase, be sure to research the lifespans of different mattress types.
Learn how to say ‘no’
It’s true that many of us want to please others, especially when it comes to our friends and loved ones. It can be hard to say no to someone who needs help, but giving too much of yourself to everyone can lead to burnout pretty quickly. Learn how to say no when you can’t take on any more responsibilities or engagements, and you’ll reduce your stress.
Practicing self-care can help you in various ways, but it’s essential to create a plan before making any decisions or starting any new routines. Talk to your doctor, especially if you have prior health issues, before beginning a new exercise or diet regimen.
This article first appeared on MadebyHemp.
Every field of interest comes with its own terminology. In the world of CBD, it can seem like there are many terms that are being thrown out there, such as CBD oil, hemp oil, THC oil, cannabis oil, and marijuana oil. With the vast amount of information being introduced, it is easy to confuse one term from the next. We have received numerous questions in regards to the difference between all of these terms.
Reasonably, many individuals research their information on the internet; however, some of the information found online can be misleading. CBD is still a relatively new field and we’ve noticed many reported misconceptions. CBD oil, hemp oil, THC oil, cannabis oil, and marijuana oil all refer to oils coming from the cannabis plant. However, they differ in how they are grown, extracted, and used. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between these terms in hopes of educating the public and helping people gain a more beneficial understanding.
The Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
First, it is important to explain the difference between hemp and marijuana. It is common for these two plants to be grouped as one and the same. However, hemp and marijuana are two distinct strains of the cannabis plant; they are cultivated for different purposes and react differently in the body.
Hemp pertains to a strain of Cannabis Sativa that has been bred precisely for oils and topical ointments, fiber used for clothing and construction, nutritional benefits, and a broad thriving variety of other purposes that do not involve the euphoria that is associated with marijuana. Hemp is a fast growing plant and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber more than 10,000 years ago.
Marijuana is a slang term used to characterize strains of Cannabis Sativa specifically bred for resinous glands, which are very potent and grow on the flowers and some leaves.
Scientifically, the difference between what we refer to as hemp and marijuana comes from the intention the strain was bred for. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of THC in the plant. Hemp has high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Marijuana is recognized for having high levels of THC and lower in CBD. In order to be considered hemp, the plant must have less than 0.3 percent THC. High levels of THC are responsible for the intoxicating feeling that marijuana is known for.
With that being said, let’s discuss the wonderful thing we call CBD oil. CBD oil is made from the specific hemp strain that is bred for fiber, topicals, nutritional benefits, and more. It is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. CBD oil is extracted using the whole plant or aerial parts. Aerial parts of the plant are parts which are completely exposed to air. Since hemp contains only trace amounts of THC, CBD oil products are non-psychoactive.
CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. Cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant. Since CBD is non-psychotropic, this makes it a safer, less controversial alternative to marijuana while still offering significant wellness benefits.
Hemp Seed Oil
A lot of times people call CBD oil “hemp oil”. This is accurate because both oils are derived from hemp. However, it causes much confusion when hemp seed oil is called hemp oil. Hemp seed oil is much different than CBD oil.
You may notice hemp seed oil as an ingredient in some of your beauty products or while shopping at the grocery store. Although hemp seed oil is very beneficial, it is not the same as CBD oil. Hemp seed oil does not contain CBD. Hemp seed oil is acquired by pressing only the hemp seeds. It is important that you are buying cold pressed, unrefined hemp seed oil because it hasn’t been depleted from its beneficial constituents. Cold pressed, unrefined hemp oil is dark to light green in color, with a nutty flavor. Refined hemp seed oil is clear and colorless, with little flavor and is depleted in natural vitamins and antioxidants.
THC Oil, Marijuana Oil, and Cannabis Oil
THC oil, marijuana oil, and cannabis oil are generally associated with the same product. Essentially, they all mean the same thing. With the help of alcohol, this oil is made by extracting the resin of the female marijuana plant. Remember, the marijuana plant is the high-THC strain. The resin dissolves in alcohol and then the alcohol evaporates. The residue will consist of a thick syrup abundant in THC. This type of oil is illegal because of the high levels of THC.
What’s the Difference?
CBD oil can be interchanged with hemp oil. CBD oil comes from high-CBD, low-THC hemp and is legal in the United States. THC oil, marijuana oil, and cannabis oil can be interchanged as well. These oils come from high-THC, low-CBD marijuana and are illegal in the United States. When you are ready to purchase CBD products it is important to not only know the difference between hemp and marijuana, but also to purchase from a reputable company that sources their hemp legally.
If you’re looking for a more natural way to reduce inflammation and soothe anxiety, then give hemp extracts a try.
Hemp extract has natural-occurring compounds known as phytocannabinoids and terpenes. The phytocannabinoids come from hemp extract and have a direct effect on the cannabinoid receptors and endo cannabinoid system in humans, according to the Pennsylvania-based company Hemp Health Labs. Although hemp extract products are associated with cannabis, they don’t make you high, Instead, they use a natural approach to improve wellness.
Hemp Health Labs sells tinctures, gel caps, and topical lotions that may have a number of health benefits. They include:
- faster healing
- reducing inflammation
- protecting the nervous system
- reducing anxiety
- improving skin conditions and sleep
- improving appetite
- improving mental health
- reducing pain
- lowering blood sugar
Hemp Health Labs products are organically grown in the U.S. and are legal to use.
The help oils from Hemp Health Labs are sold at The Wellness Center in Ellenton, a new business that focuses on holistic products and services. Come on down to The Wellness Center to find out which hemp extract product is right for you.
In addition to hemp extract products, we offer salt therapy and salt therapy products, CBD creams, and acupuncture. We are part of Discount Med Direct, a discount, mail-order prescription service with locations in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 941-803-7487.
Muscle and joint pain associated with backaches, arthritis, and strains are common problems that many people experience—yet it can be hard sometimes to find pain relief. Now, find the healing and relief you seek with cannabis-infused topical analgesics from the national brand CBD Clinic. Although CBD cream won’t make you feel “high,” it will make you feel better!
The creams offered by CBD Clinic are nonprescription, legal in all 50 states, and provide remarkable pain relief. These natural creams have offered natural pain relief to professional athletes and patients all around the country. Each cream has three components to support rapid and lasting relief: natural emollients, powerful terpenes, and endocannabinoid modulators. The creams have a five-level system to treat any level of pain relief you may need:
- Level 1, with lidocaine 4%, for mild pain
- Level 2, with camphor 3% and arnica, for mild to moderate pain
- Level 3, with menthol 4%, for moderate pain
- Level 4, with menthol 7% and camphor 5%, for severe pain
- Level 5, with menthol 16% and camphor 11%, for pro sports level pain
The creams’ natural emollients include organic beeswax, jojoba seed oil, cottonseed oil, and shea butter, all of which help quickly deliver pain-relieving ingredients to the skin. You can massage the creams into the affected area up to four times a day. Use them before and after strenuous activities.
The creams from CBD Clinic are sold at The Wellness Center in Ellenton. Discover more about pain relief with help from CBD Clinic creams at The Wellness Center, a business that focuses on holistic products and services. In addition to CBD creams, we offer salt therapy and salt therapy products, hemp extracts, and acupuncture. We are part of Discount Med Direct, a discount, mail-order prescription service with locations in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 941-803-7487. Give us a try today!