We are all searching for a little bit of magic.
A special pill, the perfect massage, an herbal ointment to help us sleep better, lose weight, decrease pain, make us look and feel younger and give us energy. For thousands of years, people have been on a quest to find a remedy for what ails them. From the legendary Fountain of Youth to magic elixirs, explorers have traversed the world looking for answers to health and longevity when all along, the magic has been within us. Our bodies have immense potential to heal and retain a bit of youthfulness. The key to unlocking this magic from within is being mindful of our environment's influences. The magic elixir is a combination of exposure to clean, fresh air, green spaces, nutritious food, human connection, good sleep, prayer or meditation practice, and exercise. No need to travel very far or seek sages and expensive practitioners. A trip to the produce section of your grocery store, some time in nature, and a moderately challenging exercise routine will, over time, achieve the glory attributed to spiritual waters on a mountaintop in a remote region, especially when it comes to treating pain.
Evidence shows exercise works best to improve pain and functional outcomes of hip and knee osteoarthritis. Exercise is also the most effective treatment for chronic low back pain and one of the best ways to reduce overall pain sensitivity. In addition to exercise, it is important to make sure you are getting adequate sleep, controlling your stress and eating healthy to reduce pain levels. You may want to opt for a massage or other manual therapies to offer short term relief so you can engage in one of the elements that results in permanent change: exercise. If you are suffering from joint, back, muscle or tendon pain or general pain, consulting with a physical therapist is great idea.