Just because you suffer from chronic pain does not mean you have to “live with it” or accept that it will control every aspect of your life. Do you want a few tricks to alleviate pain so you can enjoy your life, despite the pain? Yeah, I thought so.
Regardless of the source, the presence of pain causes muscled to clench and tighten, which often leads to even more pain. Pain makes it difficult to sleep, which increases pain. Pain makes it difficult to move and exercise, sometimes leading to a sedentary lifestyle, which can worsen pain. Are you noticing a pattern? Pain creates a cycle of pain. Let’s break that cycle!
Here are some things to try:
- Follow through. Has your doctor recommended physical therapy or any other treatments? Consider your options, and follow through with the one that is right for you.
- Keep track. Record your pain levels, and anything else that may affect your pain. This could include foods you eat, daily activities, exposure to allergens, or anything else that affects your body (which is everything). Try to notice patterns.
- Try to keep your muscles loose. You can do basic stretching exercises at home, or join a yoga class that fits your level of ability.
- Take a warm shower or bath. The heat can help relieve muscles, and promote relaxation.
- Ice it. If you have swelling or inflammation, ice may be a good option, especially after use.
- Try essential oils. Ginger is good for arthritis and inflammation, lavender helps with migraines, and peppermint suppresses spasms. Whatever the ailment, check to see what could benefit you.
- The mind is more powerful than anything else in the human body. When the brain receives pain signals, it is able to amplify or dampen those signals. You have the power to learn how to control those signals, starting with relaxation. Do something you find relaxing, or try a relaxation exercise.
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