How to Reduce Chronic Pain Naturally
The idea of dealing with pain to no end is a daunting and scary concept. However, there are a variety of ways to manage chronic pain naturally, and potentially reduce it in the process. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to keep your chronic pain in check.
1. Drink plenty of water.
Hydration is key to keeping achiness at bay. Try to stick to water and avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can contribute to dehydration. Wondering how much water per day is enough? Aspen Valley Hospital offers a quick guide to how much water you should drink daily.
If chronic pain is keeping you from moving as much as you normally would, introducing some gentle stretches into your daily routine can help increase mobility, release tension, and aid in long-term pain management. If you’re wondering which stretches are safe and effective, chat with a physical therapist.
3. Establish a healthy sleep routine.
Sleep is elemental to long-term health and wellness, especially for those experiencing chronic pain. It gives your body the time it needs to recoup and recharge. Developing quality sleep habits is an excellent way to help combat persistent pain.
4. Treat yourself to a massage.
Therapeutic massage offers a variety of benefits – increased blood flow and circulation, loosening of tight muscles and pain points, and relaxation. Try to find a massage therapist who is well established in massage techniques that are appropriate for your chronic pain. Consult with a physical therapist for a referral if you’re not sure which type of massage is best for you.
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5. Eat a well balanced diet.
You might be surprised by how your diet can affect your chronic pain. Talk with a dietitian to learn more about foods that reduce inflammation. Avoid foods that contribute to inflammation, such as fried foods, breads and pastries, sweet drinks such as soda, and red meat. Instead, try these inflammation-busting choices on your next grocery run: green leafy veggies, such as spinach and kale, nuts, olive oil, fruits like blueberries and cherries, fatty fish (salmon is an excellent choice), soy products, and omega-3 fatty acids. Turmeric has also shown to reduce inflammation in the body.
6. Keep moving.
If you’re able to continue exercising through your chronic pain, it can be very helpful in managing it. Try low impact sports like swimming and cycling that improve cardiovascular health and also stretch your muscles and strengthen your body.
7. Add meditation into the mix.
Doing so can greatly contribute to your mental health and mind control of your pain. Choose a quiet space inside or out. Start by simply focussing on your breathing – breathe in; breathe out. Eventually you might want to add calming sounds or music to your process. Begin with a manageable amount of time, maybe as little as two or three minutes. Once you’ve established a practice that feels good to you, focus on increasing the amount of time every day you spend meditating.
Chronic pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Talk with your Aspen Valley Hospital Pain Management care provider to learn more about managing your pain naturally, creating a sustainable natural chronic pain management plan over time.