Cheers! Pass the Pain Relief! Happy Fa-La-La!



Why is it that the holiday season brings out the crazy in all of us? That crazy creates many forms of pain.  As a mom, I can get soooo overwhelmed! One particular day I was carrying my toddler grandson on my hip while my head swam dementedly with my holiday to-do list, and I missed my step while moving into the patio room.

The foot and ankle pain was immediate and intense! (No worry, my grandson was OK.) Considering the pain, I knew the holiday months were going to be affected. I was so mad at myself! I could not move; my back and legs were frozen. I knew if I didn’t tend to it, I’d be immobile and unable to conquer the huge mountain of tasks ahead. Not going to work, not preparing for the holidays, not picking family up from the airport, and not wrapping all those presents? Simply not possible! And I had a toy train set to assemble in the living room! My brain didn’t stop.

Hobbling into the kitchen, I immediately enlisted the aid of my usual pain remedy (ice pack on my ankle), and was back in business within hours. For me this was a quick and easy solution, but it isn’t always quite so simple for everyone. Many of us are reaching for the pills to cure the pain … or to numb the crazy. And what is the result?

The United States is in the grip of a dangerous and deadly opioid epidemic. How can you avoid opioid use?

You don’t always have to take prescription pills to feel better — there are healthy alternatives.

Consider the Following Alternative Treatments:

Hot and Cold Treatment
  • Your in-laws driving you crazy? A cold wrap can help with that pounding headache. Your back sore from all that traveling? A moist heat therapy pack can loosen those painful muscles.
    You’d be amazed at how helpful just 20 minutes of hot/cold therapy can be.
Yoga and Stretching
  • Yoga. Yup, grandma can still kick that leg up high with a smile on her face. Yoga, a brain-body exercise that employs breath control, meditation, and movement, has been used to treat pain for thousands of years. It is a unique exercise form in that it combines both mental and physical fitness. Yoga has been especially successful in the treatment of lower back pain and it only takes a few minutes.
Herbal and Over-the-Counter Remedies
  • These days, there are many herbal remedies to help relieve pain, help you relax, help you fall asleep faster … consult your doctor for ideas.
  • And over-the-counter medications can also help.
Compression Products
  • A little compression can help with so many ailments like varicose vein pain, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, knee injuries and so much more. Compression sleeves, compression socks, compression bandages, compression masks …

Living through the holidays well can be a serious challenge. Many of us take it upon ourselves to work extra hours to provide a happy holiday for everyone in the family, including food (holiday dinners, cookies, special holiday baked traditions) presents (often planned and hunted for months before), and a beautiful day of happy memories. It’s no wonder we’re exhausted, stressed, and in pain.

Give yourself permission this holiday season not to push yourself to the limit — stop and smell the evergreens, enjoy your loved ones, put your feet up for once and celebrate the season with your favorite people. Just take a “chill pill”.

The information offered here is not medical advice and is not intended to replace guidance offered by your medical professionals.


bottom-3box-graham-field-blog-home-page.031716Amy Boughner is a Technical Writer at Graham-Field.

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