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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