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Join or Renew Today! Leaving AARP. Got it! Please don't show me this again for 90 days. Cancel Continue. Thank You Close. Your email address is now confirmed. Explore all that AARP has to offer. Offer Details. Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Getty Images. Sore from an exercise session? Grab a Latte. Moderate amounts of caffeine what you'd find in about two cups of coffee can significantly reduce muscle aches, says a study published in The Journal of Pain.
Experts discovered that caffeine blocks the absorption of a chemical that's released when muscles are inflamed. Sip coffee or tea before or after you hit the gym. Getting blood drawn? Don't Peek. Your instinct to turn away when you get your flu shot or have blood work done is a wise one. Patients say a needle hurts less when they avert their eyes, according to research published in the journal Pain. Anticipating the agony, as you do when you watch the nurse stick the needle in, makes the situation feel worse than it actually is.
12 natural ways to relieve pain
Head pounding? Get intimate. About one-third of people who had sex during a migraine reported relief, according to German researchers.
One theory is that intercourse can spur the release of endorphins, your body's natural pain reliever, which helps nix the pain within minutes. For some women, however, sex worsened the migraine. If your headache starts to increase, rest in bed instead. Barry R. Komisaruk, PhD, distinguished professor, department of psychology, Rutgers University.
Speak freely! Stub your toe and let an expletive slip? Don't feel bad—it may help. A study found that swearing may make you less sensitive to pain. Stretch away pain! Side Bend Stand with feet more than hip-width apart. Reach right arm up and over to the left as you slide left hand down left leg. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on other side.