10 Tips for Dealing with Chronic Pain

10 Tips for Dealing with Chronic Pain

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If you have chronic pain, you know how difficult it is to go about your daily activities. You may have difficulty with standard movements or necessary tasks which could slow you down significantly. The pain can be caused by a number of different things such as illness, chronic disease, a permanent condition, or even a side effect of a medication or treatment you may be undergoing.

 

Whatever the reason, it is important to figure out ways to deal with your chronic pain. Everyday life does not and cannot stop because you have pain—there are things to be done and people at work and home need you to perform your daily duties well.

These top 10 tips for dealing with
chronic pain will help you get your pain under control so that you can go about
your day to day business with ease and efficiency.

 

1.      Practice
Stress Reduction: Stress has been proven to worsen chronic pain. When you have
negative feelings such as anxiety, stress, and depression, your body can become
incredibly sensitive to pain. Controlling your stress allows you to stop the
pain cycle before it starts. There are lots of stress reduction exercises you
can practice to achieve the best results for you. Exercise, deep breathing, and
even mental imagery relaxation practices can be useful.

 

2.      Deep
Breathing: This is often a technique taught by doctors and therapists to help
their patients learn how to practice mindfulness and induce tranquility. Deep
breathing allows you to adjust your focus so that when you are feeling pain,
you can mindfully think of something else, thus reducing the amount and
intensity of the pain. Deep breathing is often used alongside some forms of
meditation.

 

3.      Cut
Alcohol and Other Substances Out of Your Lifestyle: Sleep is a healing activity
which means it could be detrimental to develop sleep problems when you already
have chronic pain. Similarly, pain can make sleep incredibly difficult and
alcohol can actually worsen sleep problems. Alcohol and other non-prescription
substances should be cut out of your lifestyle in order to regulate your
systems and encourage natural sleep.

 

4.      Talk
It Out: Experts have found that one of the best ways to manage stress,
depression, anxiety and the pain that comes with them is to join a support
group. Talking with others who share your problems provide insight into your
problem and help you to fellowship with other people. Creating bonds with
others can help you feel happier, which cuts down on stress and negative
feelings.

 

5.      Exercise:
Regular exercise is great for your body but it can also relieve chronic pain
thanks to natural endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that help improve your
mood and block pain signals to the brain. When you exercise, these endorphins
are released and can help strengthen your muscles and reduce chronic pain. Regular
exercise is best for immediate results.

 

6.      Get
a Massage: Touch is therapeutic which is why massages are so popular. Chronic
pain can be alleviated by a deep tissue message that loosens and relieves
tension and stress physically held in the body.

 

7.      Get
8 Hours Regularly: Even if you have trouble falling asleep, your body can
benefit from simply lying down and resting. Do your best to get to bed at a
reasonable hour and allow your body to wind down before actually going to
sleep. This means avoiding television smartphones, and other electronics that
may be distracting and mentally stimulating.

 

8.      Try
Heat Therapy: Chronic pain can sometimes be alleviated by temperature. While
ice packs are mostly used for inflamed injuries, heat can be used to soothe
most other pains. A hot shower or a long soak in a warm bath can actually help
relieve chronic pain caused by tension and anxiety.

 

9.      Avoid
Tobacco and Smoking: Smoking has been proven to exacerbate circulation problems
causing a high risk of cancer and heart disease. Poor circulation means that
the blood is not reaching all parts of the body, which can result in pain and
oxygenation problems.

 

10.  Stick
to a Healthy Diet: A healthy diet can have wonderful effects on your health and
your body. When you eat a balanced diet you can benefit digestion, reduce heart
disease, control your weight, and improve blood sugar levels. When you put good
in, you feel good. This is one of the simplest ways to reduce chronic pain
every day. 

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Rod Stone
Author,
Publisher and Supplier of Healthy Living information and products to improve
your life.


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