The Pain Free Project!
Let’s look at a few healthy ways to feel better…
Here’s the tricky thing about pain, it’s not the same for everyone and will affect each person differently and for various lengths of time. This can make pain a difficult subject and an important topic to address.
Depending on the type of pain you are experiencing, there are different ways to handle it.
The first type of pain we want look at is immediate and caused by something like a cut, burn or a broken bone in the body. This type of pain can usually be managed with supplements, over the counter (OTC) medications, or prescriptions for a fairly short period of time.
Another type of pain is known as chronic pain which often starts with an injury or tissue damage and rather than going away, it continues long after a reasonable time has passed for the injury to heal.
9 Healthy Ways to Manage Your Pain!
Here are some of the best ways to handle any type of discomfort you are experiencing.
For many people, keeping their bodies moving can help them reduce physical and mental discomfort. Walking, stretching, and swimming are all ways to reduce stress, improve mobility, and increase positive energy. Try to make some time every day for a little movement.
For different varieties of pain, you may want to consider a variety of supplements that might be helpful in reducing inflammation without causing harm to your liver or kidneys. You can choose herbs like Turmeric, Boswellia, or Tart Cherry; or try some CBD or proteolytic enzymes. There are even topical creams like Arnica for localized swelling, bruising, or injuries. Stop by and talk with specialists at your local health food store for more ideas or specific recommendations based on your unique situation.
A lot of people enjoy getting a massage, but did you know that there are different forms that have been approved for pain management?
Massage has been shown to reduce overall levels of stress and relieve tension in the body. In addition, it Increases blood flow which can let your body respond to various types of pain more naturally.
Many people turn to physical therapy for the prevention of injury and pain management. This type of therapy provides healing without primarily focusing on medication. It is also helpful for restoring function to an injured body.
Passive physical therapy includes but is not limited to; heat/ice packs, dry needling and cupping. Active physical therapy includes but is not limited to; stretching, strengthening exercises and low impact conditioning.
Every individual person will respond to physical therapy differently. Not all pain can be managed by physical therapy but some people will greatly benefit from including this in their routines.
Trigger Point Injections/Therapy
Knots of muscle can form when your body has a difficult time relaxing. Some treatments involve healthcare professionals injecting a steroid or sterile salt water into a trigger point in the body. This renders the trigger point inactive and provides pain relief. There are also neuromuscular massage therapists who specialize in trigger point therapy using certain techniques to release those muscles.
Counseling and Support
Chronic pain can go hand in hand with heavy emotional pain and fatigue, so for those struggling with chronic pain, individual counseling and support groups can sometimes be very helpful.
Feeling loved and supported has been shown to make a difference in not only emotional well being, but also with chronic pain relief and physical wellbeing.
This is an ancient form of Chinese medicine which has gained quite a bit of support from the US Department of Veterans affairs amidst a growing opioid crisis.
Acupuncture has been shown to be incredibly helpful in handling concerns such as; back pain, osteoarthritis pain and headaches/migraines. Acupuncture has also been used to help dogs as well!
Yoga combines breathing exercises and physical movements to bring more flexibility and control to the mind and body. For those dealing with chronic pain conditions, yoga has been shown to improve the range of motion and emotions of those suffering.
Almost everyone can do yoga, start with 10-30 minutes a day and see where it takes you. There are a plethora of videos online for beginners to dip your toes in. Yoga is great because you don’t need any fancy equipment, you just need a decent amount of space and a little peace and quiet….then, get into your flow.
Studies have shown that using meditation practices can activate and reinforce some areas of the brain used in pain processing. This can have the overall effect of helping to reduce pain intensity in certain cases.
The really cool part is that you don’t have to be a zen master, mediation seems to work for anyone, including beginners.
The relentless nature of chronic pain suggests that stress, environmental, and emotional effects likely overlay the original tissue damage in an injury, adding to the intensity and tenacity of the pain.
Some people experience pain as short term as they recover from an illness or injury and for others, they can face an extended period of time as their bodies struggle to feel better.
If you are pain free now or just want to be, it’s always a good idea to try and incorporate as many of these healthy habits into your daily life as you can. They can help to keep your body strong, healthy and pain free.
Over time these practices can make the difference between living comfortably and struggling to get through the day.
Here’s to great health and wellness!
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