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A New Look At Pain Management

Pain 2A growing number of clinicians have taken an interest in non-invasive therapy and devices to improve the quality of life for persons living with chronic pain.

These include:

Lifestyle changes for chronic pain

1. Healthy eating nutritious meals

  • Eat fruits and vegetables 3-5 servings daily.
  • Reduce salt intake and sugary foods.
  • Eat meals on time
  • Have a colorful plate which includes foods from the food groups

2. Supplement diet with omega fatty acids

This fatty acid has anti-inflammatory benefits. It is particularly beneficial for inflamed painful joints.

3. Increase hydration

 6-8 glasses of water will keep us adequately hydrated. On hot days and with physical activities outdoors, drink water more frequently.

4. Keep physical activity

Low impact or high impact exercises stimulate the circulation and release endorphins. Improved blood flow to problem areas of the body improves inflammation and pain.

5. No smoking

Chronic pain is exacerbated with nicotine. If you smoke, get help with smoking cessation.

6. Do not abuse alcohol

 Contrary to popular belief, alcohol does not numb physical pain. Alcohol can rob you of a good night’s sleep and sleep deprivation worsens pain.

7. Manage stress

 Chronic pain is worsened by stress, worry and anxiety. A coach will assist you to manage the stressors in your life, world and affairs

8. Relaxation techniques

Yoga, massage, and meditation are a few relaxation techniques to relax mind and body.

9. Support group

Members of a support group benefit from the empathy and collective wisdom of the group. The sharing of experiences with respect to what works to alleviate the pain and what doesn’t work is mostly useful.

10. Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT

 CBT helps you to learn to cope better by recognizing and substituting a self-sabotaging action for a more positive behavior.

With the integration of alternative and complementary medicine into main stream treatment, patients suffering from chronic pain can have an improvement in their quality of life.

Be informed and research non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment modalities.  Ask your doctor for referral to a pain clinic.

Hello_jadoc, Readers Bureau, Contributor

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