Top 5 Tips for Pain Management
Posted by Tia Patel | Oct-26-2020
Pain can make it hard to go about your daily life and often leaves us reaching for the ibuprofen. Whether it’s lower back pain or a headache, you may be surprised to know you might not need pain medication to feel better. We’ve been investigating the alternatives and here are 5 natural remedies for treating pain.
Learn deep breathing exercises of meditation. Deep breathing and meditation are techniques that help your body to relax, releasing tension in the muscles and easing pain. Although there are many ways to meditate, the soothing power of repetition is at the heart of some forms of meditation. Focusing on the breath, ignoring thoughts, and repeating a word or phrase -- a mantra -- causes the body to relax. Find a quiet location, a comfortable body position, and block out distracting thoughts. Then, imagine a spot just below your navel. Breathe into that spot, filling your abdomen with air. Let the air fill you from the abdomen up, then let it out, like deflating a balloon.
Boost pain relief with the natural endorphins from exercise. Endorphins are brain chemicals that help improve your mood while also blocking pain signals. Exercise has another pain-reducing effect -- it strengthens muscles, helping prevent re-injury and further pain. Plus, exercise can help keep your weight down, reduce heart disease risk, and control blood sugar levels -- especially important if you have diabetes.
Join a support group and meet others living with pain. When you're with people who have pain and understand what you're going through, you feel less alone. You also benefit from their wisdom in coping with the pain.
If you are struggling to cope, it is important to consider meeting with a mental health professional. Anyone can develop depression whilst living with pain as it can prevent you from doing the things you always have done, taking away some of life’s pleasures. Getting counseling can help you learn to cope better and help you avoid negative thoughts that make pain worse, so you have a healthier attitude. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Find ways to distract yourself from pain so you enjoy life more. When you focus on pain, it makes it worse rather than better. Instead, find something you like doing, an activity that keeps you busy and thinking about things besides your pain. You might not be able to avoid pain, but you can take control of your life.
Use a gel pack hot to relieve chronic pain. Heat opens up the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the affected area flooding it with the vital oxygen and nutrients needed for repair. Heat is generally used for long-term injuries that have no inflammation or swelling such as sore joints, and lower back pain.
Use cold therapy for acute sporting injuries, muscle strains, sprains, swelling & inflammation, and post-surgery recovery. When you tear a muscle or sprain joints – soft tissue damage occurs, blood vessels rupture and the injury site begins to swell. Applying an ice pack will decrease fluid buildup and swelling at the site of injury by constricting blood vessels and slowing down the metabolism of the cells. Nerve endings at the site of the injury are numbed which decreases their ability to send impulses perceived as pain to the brain.
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