Living with chronic pain means that you will still experience painful symptoms several times a week or month, even with medication. After a physical injury heals, chronic pain may continue as a minor annoyance that you “get used to.” Over time, the pain increases until it begins affecting your life. Our senior health and wellness services at Southfield can help you deal with your chronic pain naturally and healthily.
How to Live With Chronic Pain
Doctors can only do so much to help if you are dealing with chronic pain. They can prescribe medication to help dull the pain. Still, there are often negative side effects that come with some pain medications. The more you take it, the more your body can develop a tolerance for it, making it ineffective.
However, there are things you can do to help reduce your chronic pain, increase your mobility, improve your state of mind, and possibly reduce the need for your medications.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is a popular low-impact form of exercise that can help limber and strengthen your body and can help reduce chronic muscle pain over time. The exercises use breathing techniques to help ease pain in troubled areas as well as helps to reduce stress and improve mental clarity.
Meditation generally goes well with yoga, as the deep breathing exercise can help calm you down and get in touch with your true self. Stress can cause inflammation in the body, which leads to pain. By reducing stress through meditation, you reduce the amount of inflammation and pain you may be feeling.
A nutritional diet with the proper mix of protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates may not seem like it can help reduce chronic pain, but it will aid in digestion, keep your weight under control, and reduce the risk of heart disease. By keeping yourself as healthy as possible, you give yourself the best chances to reduce your pain.
Exercise naturally releases endorphins and other chemicals that make us feel good and block pain receptors. Plus, any form of exercise will strengthen your muscles and build up your cardiovascular health, leading to a stronger you with less pain and a healthier outlook on life.
Cut Out Tobacco and Alcohol
Alcohol and tobacco are poisons that your body has to work hard to process and remove from your body. Alcohol can disrupt your sleep patterns, causing you to miss out on the deep sleep your body needs to heal properly.
Smoking increases your risk of heart disease and other serious cardiovascular problems. If you live with chronic pain, cutting out tobacco and alcohol can give your body a break from dealing with those external stressors and concentrate more on keeping your pain at bay.
Stress can be a big problem if you deal with pain and do not take the proper time to rest and recover. If you live with chronic pain, reducing the number of triggers that lead to painful flair-ups can help keep you calm and happy. If you lead a stressful life, you only add to your chronic pain with inflammation buildup caused by stress.
No matter what type of chronic pain you are dealing with, check with your doctor before starting a new workout routine or diet to make sure it is right for you.
Southfield Health and Wellness Services to Help Those Living With Chronic Pain
At Southfield, our senior living community has the health and wellness services that can help you manage your chronic pain with fun and safe activities and services such as:
- Nutritional meal plans
- Arts and crafts
- Medication reminders
If you would like to learn more about our senior living community, call 855.947.3838 today and speak with one of our caring support staff.