|Let’s kick pain, in the a** !!|
STRESS & PAIN-
Pain causes mental stress AND stress makes the condition worse. It’s ironic, given the fact that we can’t help but stressing about the pain when it hits us.
“It is a complex experience which consists of a close relation of physical and psychological factors. When the human body is stressed, it releases certain chemicals which affect the brain’s way of sensing pain. It can have a positive or negative effect on the brain’s functioning depending on the situation. For example, if you are really excited or happy about something, you tend to forget the pain or discomfort for a short period of time. In the same way, if you experience a sudden shock or a panic attack or a major depression, it may trigger intense pain.”
Here are some ways to ease the pain;
Remember those big, colorful and trendy handbags or purse with pretty skinny straps displayed in the shop which make us greedy?
Those also make us sore with pain. Carrying heavy handbag is an absolute NO-NO for a TOS sufferer because it creates more pressure on the already-pressurized-shoulder-area.
- Carry the absolute necessary stuffs in your bag.
- Switch sides frequently.
- Try to avoid bags and carry things in your pockets.
- No matter how tempting it is to wear high heels all the time, these babies can attribute to the pain. So try to release the pressure and wear flats sometimes. Those can be cute too!
- We all know how much painful it is to wear strapped bras! We can’t avoid this piece of garment all together.
So search for the right sized bra with a front-hook closure OR a “vanishing back” which has no seams, hems or stitching & is made out of a soft, stretchy fabric, and under wire that doesn’t poke.
HOT OR COLD-
Hot or cold compression on the affected area or hot water bath numbs the intensity of pain. For some people, moist heat can aid in pain management and for some, cold helps to lessen it. It is interesting, however, given the fact that cold temperature makes the TOS pain worse for some.
No, food can’t alleviate the pain… but a healthy diet will help you to have a fit body and strong immune system. Try to choose,
- · Whole grain food
- · Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, e.g. – Salmon, Flax seeds, Sardine, Walnuts.[Click on this link to know more about omega 3 fatty acid]
- · Foods loaded with antioxidant, e.g. – beans, fruits – strawberry, blackberry.
- · Spice with “ayurvedik” properties. (Did you know, Ginger contains a quartet of substances that have analgesic qualities similar to aspirin or ibuprofen. Turmeric — a spice used in Indian and Thai curry dishes — contains curcumin, another ginger-family member, which may also help nip pain in the bud.)
- · Green leafy vegetables.
- · Low fat dairy.
- · And of course, adequate water.