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Master the Art of Staying Healthy with Chronic Pain with These 3 Tips

by Dr Prem Community Writer
Chronic Pain

Everyone hurts sometimes; it’s a fact. Although pain is our body’s natural way of telling us that something is wrong, and once the injury heals, the pain often fads away. Chronic pain is a different story altogether, as it can stay around for months and even years after an injury or illness. Unfortunately, many people face each day with pain with no end in sight.

Persistent pain easily impacts one’s everyday living. Often chronic pain results in one’s legs becoming weaker, often preventing you from engaging in things you like and must do. Feeling constant pain and weakness all the time will take a toll on one’s self-worth, leading to feelings of irritability, stress, sadness, and finally resignation.

The key to mastering pain and weakness is staying healthy. The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ is an essential factor in good health, but if the pain is getting you down, what do you do? Believe it or not, chronic pain does not signal the end of living. Try incorporating these three tips into your lifestyle, and you are sure to see an improvement.

Exercise

Exercise

Exercise delivers chronic pain relief. When we exercise, our body generates endorphins that make us feel better and block pain as well. Whether you are engaged in chair aerobics, enjoying some fresh air with the assistance of a power chair, doing laps in the pool, or just going about your daily activities, exercise will strengthen muscles, help you lose weight, and ultimately feel better.

Diet

  • We are not only what we eat but how and when we eat as well. A proper diet is a large part of being able to achieve and maintain good health. When we eat correctly, our bodies are stronger and better able to perform as they should. Healthy meals and snacks work to prevent problems with digestion, sleep difficulties, and changes to your weight.
  • Healthy eating habits are not as baffling or limiting as you may believe. Focus on food derived from plants and cut back on processed foods. Always look to include an assortment of foods that will provide your body with a variety of nutrients. Watch your portions and cut back on fatty foods. Not so hard, right?

Stress

Reduce-Stress

When we are not feeling well emotionally or mentally, we are more sensitive to pain. Learning to gain control of negative feelings and stress may help you find relief from pain. There is a myriad of techniques that promote relaxation and work to lower pressure. From the very simple to more complex strategies, if you do not find your current attempt to reduce stress is working, do not give up, there are many more options out there.

Nowadays more and more people are finding themselves trying to live with constant pain. Although this fact is not inherently good, it does mean that the focus of most healthcare providers is how to help manage pain. Music therapy and several mind-body techniques have now joined traditional physical and occupational therapies. Keeping active helps promote physical strength and in turn, good health. Although some chronic pains cannot be entirely alleviated, they are modifiable. No matter what your level of mobility is, there is always a way to keep active and moving.

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