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Dr. Corinne: Reduce Chronic Pain with These Simple Lifestyle Changes

Dr. Corinne Weaver : Jun 7, 2019

With God's direction, you will be able to deal with whatever life brings you and know you are okay. You will find meaning and purpose even in situations that are painful and not to your liking.

The first line of defense when it comes to pain management is typically pain medication. After all, how many of us were raised believing drugs will take all the pain away? However, some drugs cause adverse side effects, which has led to a more natural approach to pain relief. (Image: Pixabay)

Pain is defined as suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury. Everyone experiences pain differently, which can make it difficult to define and treat. Pain is the body's way of telling us there is something wrong and plays an important role to protect us from harmful situations. For example, when you touch something hot, our brain reacts quickly to signal us to a danger.

2 main categories of pain

There are 2 main categories of pain:

-Tissue damage or visceral pain

-Nerve damage or neuropathic pain

Visceral pain occurs when organs, muscles, or tissues are inflamed, damaged, or injured. Some examples of visceral pain include:



-Chronic chest pain


-Pelvic pain

Neuropathic pain is caused by nerve damage. There are many causes of neuropathic pain, a few examples include:


-Herniated discs


-Spinal cord compression

-Multiple sclerosis

Acute pain is relatively more sharp and severe, and typically lasts less than 3 to 6 months and is related to soft tissue damage. Chronic pain lasts beyond 6 months and the nerve signals continue firing even after you've healed.

Regardless, chronic pain can be debilitating and reduce your quality of life.

Natural ways to help joint pain

One of the first things we discuss with our patients who are living with arthritis is weight management. Carrying extra weight adds pressure to joints, especially your knees, hips, and feet. When you change your diet and increase your movement, you will not only toss aside the extra pounds, but you'll improve your mobility, flexibility and prevent future damage by building muscle strength.

When choosing an exercise routine, talk to your health specialist. Too much strain could hurt you, so it's best to stick to low-impact exercises when in doubt.

Chiropractic care employs a specialized technique of pain management by utilizing a whole person approach. If you're looking for a safe, natural, and effective treatment for pain management, chiropractic care might be perfect for you.

Chiropractic care aims to help relieve pain, improve functions or mobility, and help patients better manage their condition at home. Treatments start with an initial exam and discussion of health history to evaluate your condition and identify potential causes of pain. The procedure of a chiropractic adjustment involves the application of controlled movement to a spinal joint with the goal of correcting spinal alignment in order to allow full function of the spinal cord and attached nerves. Research reveals that the services provided by chiropractors are clinically effective, safe and cost effective.

Another popular holistic treatment is massage. Regular massage can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve range of motion. You can work with a massage therapist, a physical therapist, or learn self-massage techniques.

Tips for self-massage:

-start with vigorous strokes to help warm up and prepare the muscles

-use smaller strokes to rub back and forth across a small area

-use essential oils to make it easier to glide across the skin as you apply pressure (For inflammation I love using my roller bottle called Inflam-X with wintergreen, helichrysum, chamomile, and juniper berry)

-try applying heat to release tension

Self-massage is a great way to extend the benefits of a professional massage in between sessions.

How some food affects inflammation and pain

You may not think the food you eat can affect your pain, but there are many foods associated with inflammation. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the following foods can cause or worsen inflammation:

-Sugar and Aspartame

Sugars and sugar substitutes can trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines.

-Saturated Fats

Studies have shown that saturated fats trigger adipose (fat tissue) inflammation.

-Trans Fats

Trans fats found in fried products trigger systemic inflammation.

-Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega fats are needed in the body; however, the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 can make a difference when it comes to health.

-Refined Carbohydrates

Products containing white flour or enriched flour, white rice, white potatoes, and cereals account for the majority of refined carbohydrates.

-Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG)

MSG is typically used as a food additive; however, this chemical can trigger inflammation pathways.

-Gluten and Casein

Gluten is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Casein is found in dairy products. Sensitivity to gluten or casein can set off an autoimmune response.

Do yourself a favor by avoiding these inflammation triggers.

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food." This famous quote is just as accurate today as it was when first uttered by Hippocrates. We tend to forget that the purpose of eating is to nourish the body.

These foods can help

These foods can work for you by reducing the inflammatory response...

-Green Leafy Vegetables

-Bok Choy







-Bone Broth


-Coconut oil

-Chia seeds


Your goal should be to incorporate as many of these ingredients into your daily meals as possible. You can make it easy by starting your day with this anti-inflammatory smoothie:

-1 cup of coconut water

-1 handful of fresh kale

-half a cup of frozen blueberries

-half a cup of frozen pineapple

-1 Tablespoon chia seeds

-half tablespoon ground flax seeds (flax meal)

Blend and Enjoy!

The healing power of plants

Getting everything you need from diet alone can be a challenge, which is why supplements may be beneficial for people living with pain.

Here are some herbal supplements on the market that may help reduce joint pain.

For Osteoarthritis and  for other types of pain.

-Boswellia, also known as frankincense, is known for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. This herb may block the substances that attack healthy joints in autoimmune diseases.

-Turmeric has been used in traditional Indian medicine for healing throughout history, and current research suggests that the active chemical in turmeric, curcumin, may have beneficial properties for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms.

-Curcumin offers a host of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and blocks specific enzymes and cytokines that lead to inflammation. Research shows curcumin is safe in high doses, which is ideal for supplementation.

Try using turmeric in tea

Boil 2 cups of water with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder and half a teaspoon of black pepper. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then add lemon, honey, or milk to taste. There is also this yummy drink called Golden Fusion

-Bromelain are enzymes found in pineapple that break down protein. There is some evidence bromelain has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects comparable to NSAIDs.

-Cat's claw has been shown to help with RA swelling according to the Arthritis Foundation.

-Stinging nettle can be made into a tea or taken as a supplement and used to reduce inflammation, aches, and pains of osteoarthritis.

- CBD, or Cannabidiol, is present in many strains of cannabis at low levels. Some of the popular uses of CBD include relief from chronic muscle pain, convulsions, and inflammation. (more info) Metagenics will have this amazing product available on June 10. 

NOTE: Before taking any supplements, it's important always to discuss new treatments with your doctor to ensure they are right for you. Plants are powerful and can have adverse reactions to other medications that you may be taking.

The importance of proper breathing

Lastly, have you ever considered breathing for pain management?

According to the National Institutes of Health, studies have found that the practice of deep breathing is helpful for some people with painful joints. How? Deep belly breathing ultimately reduces stress, which in turn lowers inflammation and thus swelling and pain.The process of deep breathing works by activating and reinforcing specific areas of the brain used in pain processing. Imaging studies show that deep breathing with positive visualization soothes brain patterns associated with pain. As changes take root, they alter the structure of the brain itself, reducing the intensity of pain.

To start, don't feel like you have to commit to a full 20 minutes of deep breathing. It may take time to work your way up. It's okay if you can only sit for 2 or 5 minutes the first few times. The key is getting into the habit of sitting quietly, don't get caught up in the "how." To help keep the mind from wandering, count each breath. Exhale completely through your nose, making a whoosh sound. Inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of 4. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Exhale completely through your nose, to a count of 8.

With God's direction, you will be able to deal with whatever life brings you and know you are okay. You will find meaning and purpose even in situations that are painful and not to your liking.

My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. If you would like to join my Inner Circle I will be starting a 100 day No More Meds challenge this summer. Click here to get my FREE ebook and join the INNER Circle if you want accountability to take action for your health.

In my INNER CIRCLE I will be going over all the details of this book for the next 100 days. Join now because I am only allowing 100 people to join, and the doors will be closed soon.

By joining this circle, you have the unique opportunity to ask questions and share personal experiences while engaging with like-minded individuals and gaining the support of health professionals who are experts in health and wellness.

I am looking forward to showing up more in your life and serving you better!! Don't forget to Listen to the No More Meds Podcast and join the No More Meds Movement with me. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Keep Breathing,
Dr. Corinne Weaver 


Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.

Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds. 

Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.

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