Pain sucks. I know, not a controversial statement. Everyone feels and a no one likes it. For man, pain is just an occasional annoyance. It’s just something that happens when you step on the kids’ lego or bang your chin on the coffee table. For others, though, pain is there every day, all day.
Long-term pain gets in the way of everything, because you hurt all the time. It can stop you from going out or doing activities you love. What can you do to feel better? Here are ten ways to alleviate pain you feel daily:
1. Learn Deep Breathing Or Meditation
Constant pain can make you tense up. You don’t need a scientist to tell you that pain is stressful, and stress makes your muscles tight. When you tighten up, pain gets worse.
Meditation or breathing exercises can help with that. Simply breathing deeply in a focused, intentional way can make you relax. You use your body to calm your stress so you can relax. There are tons of meditation resources out there, but you can have some of the same effects by deep breathing every day.
2. Fix Your Posture
“Stand up! Sit straight!” Your teachers were right! Your posture, however, has a lot to do with how much pain you feel, especially in your back. Our bodies are designed to function in a specific way. If we hold our backs, shoulders, and hips the wrong way, it will strain the rest of our body.
This article has some helpful info about how get out of your painful slouch. Try posture support to straighten up that back. These devices can guide you daily to fix your posture even when you’re not wearing them.
3. Cold And Heat
The tried and true are tried and true for a reason. Temperature can help you control pain. Ice packs and heating pads are great ways to lower inflammation or relax your muscles. It’s a little more complicated than just slapping an icepack on your shoulder, though. Make sure you follow some basic rules for using heat to manage pain.
4. Essential Oils For Pain Relief
Essential oils aren’t just for hippy commune types. More and more research shows that essential oils can do some wonderful things, including manage pain. Here are some examples of oils for treating pain:
Essential oils can be tricky, especially when you apply them on your skin or even ingest them. Make sure you talk to your doctor before you give either a try. It’s safe, however, to smell them. Try an essential oil diffuser to use aromatherapy wherever you go, even the car.
5. Therapeutic Massage
It drives my massage therapist crazy when people call her a masseuse. Massage therapists are more than just professional backrubbers. They use physical techniques to manipulate your muscles for healing. A well-trained massage therapist can do wonders for chronic pain.
6. Shoe Inserts
Everyone’s feet get sore, but sometimes foot pain goes beyond that. Foot pain can make you walk funny or stand at odd angles. Then it affects your whole body, pulling every part of you out of position. Shoe inserts can help you relieve your foot pain, and it’ll help make every part of you feel better.
7. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a fancy way to say, “Let’s zap your muscles with low-level electricity and see what happens!” Actually, TENS has proven to help people by derailing the pain messages from getting to your brain. It makes your sore spots feel more numb. It’s a great way to help with pain without drugs or invasive procedures.
8. Get Regular Exercise
You’ve probably heard about the runner’s “high.” When runners come back from a workout, endorphins rush to their heads, and they feel better, sometimes even get high. You can do the same thing to help with pain.
Endorphins are your body’s natural defense against pain. You don’t have to train for a marathon (especially if you hurt!). Just some mild exercise will help create some endorphins and help you feel better.
9. Do Fun Things
Sometimes pain keeps us from doing the things we love. You might want to go out, but the idea of moving around with all this hurt is just too much. So, you sit at home and dwell on the pain. That just makes it worse!
Doing something you love can distract you from the pain. When you’re distracted, your body will relax, so your pain might actually decrease. Plus, going out can get you around people which also helps you cope with the stress that chronic pain can bring.
Yep. We think that you should let someone stick needles into your body. While it might seem crazy, research tells us that acupuncture can help take away pain. They say it works by activating your own body’s healing system.
A good acupuncture therapist can be an important part of how you manage pain, whether short-term or chronic. It’s not a painful procedure, and you’ll feel better when you’re done.
Chronic pain is just the worst, and it can make you feel helpless. These are some of the tips you can follow to take back your life and to keep doing the things you love.