1. Natural Pain Relief
Pain relief does not only come in a bottle of pills. When you have chronic pain you have to take care of yourself with natural pain relievers like ice, heat and warm baths, even a spa bath, Jacuzzi or hot tub, if you can get access to one. Mind and body techniques are also helpful like Meditation, Yoga, deep breathing and Tai Chi
2. Eliminate Bad Habits That Cause Pain
There are a whole lot of bad habits that can add to your pain. They include smoking, poor sleep quality, weight gain and stress.
I know smokers will hate to hear it, but smoking also affects chronic pain conditions, yet another reason to stop smoking now.
Poor sleep is both a cause and effect of chronic pain. So do everything you can to get a good nights sleep, use natural pain relief and medications if you have to. Avoid working late and staying up for late night TV
Check out our article on weight loss if that is an area of concern for you.
Learn to deal with stress, as it will take a physical toll as well as an emotional one. Once again natural stress relievers like massage, Meditation, Yoga, deep breathing and Tai Chi can help. Do not turn to artificial relaxers like alcohol and cigarettes as they will only make things worse in the long run.
3. Eat Foods That Help
Many foods will help reduce pain, they can also help build muscle, protect cartilage increase bone density and avoid weight gain. Concentrate on foods that are high in fibre, contain omega-3 fatty acids and are high in vitamins C and D and Polyphenols, which are found in green vegetables and have an antioxidant effect.
Foods that you should concentrate on include whole grains in bread and other baked goods, as well as cereals, rice and pasta. Fatty fish like salmon, olive oil, the spices ginger and turmeric, berries, green leafy vegetables and dairy goods for increasing that bone density. But try to stick to the low fat dairy foods, to avoid piling on the calories. The good news is that a glass of red wine really can help, but only one per day for women and two for men. If you are tee total then you can get the same effect from grape juice.
4. Improve Your Posture
This is vital; a great deal of chronic pain is the result of poor posture or poor technique when doing things like lifting. Make sure that you stand, walk and sit straight. Do not slouch over your computer screen. When lifting use your legs and keep your back straight, seek help if you need it, do not struggle and cause yourself further pain.
There are more posture tips for back pain sufferers here 7 Tips to Stop Back Pain Before it Starts
5. Get Hands on Therapy
There are a wide variety of direct therapies that many people have found aid pain relief and can even eliminate chronic pain. The first and most obvious is massage, but you can also try acupuncture, physical therapy or visiting a chiropractor.
6. Frequent Your Doctors Surgery
When you suffer with chronic pain it is no use visiting your doctor once and giving up if his first treatment option does not work for you. You need to work together to monitor your symptoms and note if there are any medication side effects. From there you can tailor a pain treatment plan to deal with your condition more successfully.
Most people suffering with chronic pain will feel that exercise is the last thing that they need. It feels much better to relax and try to avoid any further aggravation. But movement will loosen stiff and aching muscles and joints. Exercise will release endorphins which improves your mood and are natural pain killers. Of course exercise is all part of a regular weight control programme, which is needed to avoid increasing chronic pain. Now I am not suggesting you go out and play Rugby, but the slower, more gentle forms of exercise are ideal for relieving chronic pain, things like Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are best.
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