11 Oct Lifestyle Changes To Reduce Pain
Do you suffer from intermittent or chronic pain? If so, there’s a small chance you’ve run into one of those lectures on alternative methods of pain management – those ideas that allow you to critically reduce your reliance (or dependence) on pharmaceutical drugs.
If so, you’ve heard that healing is always the first priority with recovering pain-free functioning as the ultimate goal. Then, you’ve also heard about acupuncture, physical therapy, massage, and using ice or heat to promote healing and reduce pain.
However, there are also some lifestyle changes you could pursue. Things as simple as getting a good night’s sleep can help reduce stress, which in turn promotes healing and pain reduction. But if you feel something wrong and pain persists, call 619-333-8114 immediately.
So, here are a few lifestyle hacks that can help you reduce stress and pain.
At the top of the list, every time is weight reduction and quitting smoking or drinking alcohol to excess. If you want to reduce pain, you need to do it earnestly and soberly.
Routines might sound boring, but your body would probably disagree. Routines, especially between dinner and bed, are very helpful for getting a sound night’s rest. This includes going to bed at the same time every night because your inner clock will appreciate any help it can get. If you have trouble sleeping, try to stick with the routine, such as taking a bath, drinking some caffeine-free warm beverage, reading, or listening to music for a while.
There are several reasons for meditating and several approaches for doing so. In this case, the goal would simply be to put yourself into a restful state, shedding some worries before you try to go to sleep.
Mood music or relaxation tapes
Mood music or tapes of natural sounds can help you fall asleep. You can also find recordings of stress reduction instructions, using the power of suggestion to help you feel drowsy.
Spend some time outdoors
Spending a little communal time with nature is terrific for reducing stress. One interesting suggestion:
Take a walk in a park or in some local wooded area and wait until you hear the birds. When you hear the birds, you have probably come to the point where you have resolved the issue that has been bothering you. Once you hear the birds, you can turn around and go back home.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. That’s two and a half hours per week. But once you hit a certain age – a little different for everyone – then it’s time to quit fooling ourselves: It’s time to get some moderate exercise every day with a few skips as possible.
Remember, light exercise includes going for a walk, shopping, cleaning the house, playing golf with a golf cart, swimming socially. Modest exercise includes walking briskly, walking the entire golf course carrying your clubs, or doing steady laps when swimming.
Intense exercise is not for everyone, but if you think this can work for you, first consult a physician, and second, work your way up to a heavy exercise regime. Start slowly. Your body thinks suddenly doing heavy exercise after a dormant period of doing none is stress – not exercise.
Pacific Medical Care doctors are highly skilled medical professionals who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment for your condition. If you’re struggling with an illness, or interested in learning how to prevent the onset of an illness, don’t hesitate to reach out.