Guest post by: Molly Garner
Pain can be unbearable. However, pain is a type of language that the body uses to communicate when something is wrong. Pain can appear suddenly or build slowly. It is important to have acute pain treated so it doesn’t become chronic.
Normally, chronic pain is caused by severe injuries or diseases, some of which could include spinal injury, trauma, thoracotomy, spinal surgery, and arthritis.
Whatever the cause, there are some practical ways you can manage your chronic pain and ease its persistent effects.
- Practice Relaxation Techniques
One of the ways to deal with pain is by directly addressing its physical or emotional causes. Relaxation is very important when it comes to chronic pain management, as it helps reduce pain without the use of synthetic chemicals or drugs.
There are some techniques that can help reduce problems that worsen chronic pain, such as stress and muscle tension. Practicing relaxation techniques can help sufferers manage pain in a practical way.
Normally, heightened muscle tension can worsen chronic pain, but this can be avoided or reduced through relaxation techniques such as yoga, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation. Regular relaxation can help ease your chronic pain naturally while helping to improve your sleep.
- Stay Hydrated
Some of the symptoms associated with chronic conditions, such as back pain and headaches, can be aggravated by dehydration. As such, it will be easy and practical to manage such pain by making sure your body stays well hydrated. Water is always the best source of hydration, as it does not contain caffeine, sodium, or extra calories.
If you are dealing with a chronic condition and want to stay hydrated, avoid the use of processed juices, coffee, and sodas since these have diuretic effects that only increase your need for hydration.
- Eat the Right Food
Your diet plays a very important role in pain management, especially if your pain is chronic. Some of the foods you consume on a daily basis could aggravate chronic pain and should be avoided. Junk food, for example, can increase inflammation.
Instead, consume foods known to alleviate inflammation. The best foods are those high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in sugar. You should consider leafy greens, fermented soy products, fruits, asparagus, cherries, and berries.
- Use the Right Mattress, Pillow, and Bedding for Sleep
Sleep is very important as far as chronic pain management is concerned. As such, it is good to get it not only in quantity but also in quality. If your mattress does not offer the right support, this could worsen chronic back pain, muscle pain, and joint pain. If your mattress is old, replacing it with a quality one can be a practical way to manage your chronic pain.
Alternatively, you could consider adding a mattress topper and getting the right pillow to help manage chronic back pain. These will give you proper spinal alignment as you sleep, thus reducing pain.
The right sleeping platform will also help support the pressure points in your body, thus making it possible for you to enjoy an uninterrupted, healthy night’s sleep.
- Soak in a Hot Tub
A hot bath enhances blood circulation and flow while at the same time helping to reduce pain. It also promotes relaxation. As such, soaking in a hot tub, especially at night and before bedtime, can help reduce stiffness, discomfort, and pain. Add lavender essential oil for a soothing, relaxing effect.
- Get a Massage
Massage is another powerful and practical tool to help ease chronic pain. Massage therapy helps relax stiff muscles while enhancing the production of serotonin, a natural anti-pain chemical produced by your body. Massage can also help you get quality sleep and let go of stress and tension.
- Do Physical Exercises
Exercising can help reduce chronic pain, especially when done correctly. It also helps release stress that can aggravate pain. It is important, however, to engage in the right exercises and at the right time.
The exercises shouldn’t be too demanding as to put stress on your muscles and joints, but instead should be light and bearable. Consider yoga, walking, swimming, and stretching exercises.
Note: If your doctor has suggested you avoid exercise, avoid it. Not all chronic illnesses respond well to exercise and engaging in it may worsen your condition.
With this practical and efficient list, you will be able to manage your chronic pain and deal with not only the symptoms but also some of the causes.
With time, the reduction in your pain could be so significant, that you are able to return to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
About the Author:
Molly Garner is a freelance writer at MemoryFoamMattressGuide.com. She also writes about herbal and mental health and shares amazing tips to maintain and rebuild good health. Molly’s mission is to help people get energized and achieve a healthy life, so they can concentrate on the important things in life.