Although not always, those who suffer from chronic pain are forced to alter their daily lives and habits in ways they wouldn’t normally choose. Consulting with a pain management specialist is the best way to get advice about managing your condition.
For those searching for relief, consider these five healthy changes that will help sufferers better manage their pain.
An exercise program strengthens muscles, keeps the body flexible, and helps prevent further pain. It also controls weight gain and blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Be careful with the types of exercise you engage in, because some may cause more harm than good. Consult with a pain management specialist before beginning a new exercise regime.
Resolution #: Walk , Walk, Walk…..Depending on your individual level of fitness, you may want to start out walking only a few minutes at a time, and gradually
Many therapies can aid in the relief of chronic pain. The use of hot and cold packs, acupressure, vibration, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and massage therapies are excellent treatments to help manage and control chronic pain.
Resolution #: Assess (or get assessed )your pain relieving therapy.
3.Kick electronics out of the bedroom.
Studies have shown as many as 66 percent of individuals with chronic back pain are also living with sleep disorders. One bad habit that's contributing to poor sleep for many people is using electronics like a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or TV while in bed. It's all too easy to get distracted and stay up too late when you should be preparing to fall asleep.
Observe good sleep hygiene habits which may include regulating the time you go to bed and wake up, taking a hot bath before bed every night, blocking out noise with a fan or sound machine, or what the lighting and temperature are in your room each night.
Watching TV in bed is also a poor sleep hygiene habits, and it exacerbates pain.
Resolution #: Have a gadget free good night sleep ,
Eating foods that reduce inflammation helps you to feel better. Likewise, avoid foods that causes heartburn or indigestion problems, as they can contribute to lower back pain.
Here are several food items to add to stay away from in 2017:
- Highly processed foods
- Foods with added sugars
- White rice, white pasta, and white bread
- Fried foods
- Foods prepared with hydrogenated oils
Resolution #: Eat healthy & go natural.
5.Proper Diagnosis is must
Chronic pain diagnosis is often reached through the process of elimination, it’s easy to imagine how a piece of the puzzle might go missing. Take some simple steps in 2017 to prevent that from happening.
Resolution #: Keep your medical records organized. Keep a record of every visit to a doctor, specialist, or therapist, along with current medications and dietary restrictions.
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