Anyone who has ever dealt with chronic pain will have heard the phrase that the cure for pain is pain. It sounds overdrawn and theatrical, but it’s a simple truth – living with chronic pain can be a pain and it sucks away your energy and your focus and it can make you far too irritable to carry out simple tasks.
Searching for the correct pain management options to avoid the pain is not the easiest thing to do either. Some people opt for the numbing treatments out there, where others will look at cannabinoid oral spray to help themselves. There is no one way to manage chronic pain because it varies from person to person. Nobody wants to rely on anti-inflammatory medications long-term or opioid based options, because you can end up relying on those pills. Here are some of the practical pain management therapies that can help you to treat the issue of pain from within.
- The best treatment for any pain management is movement. It’s actually been scientifically proven that movement and exercise can improve chronic pain, even when it feels like the worst thing in the world that you could do because it may aggravate the pain you are already in. If you are dealing with an injury that restricts movement, you should speak to a physician before you embark on any exercise.
- The next thing to consider is avoiding any cigarettes and alcohol. Alcohol can disrupt your sleep cycle, and it’s when we sleep that we heal the most. Alcohol will delay your healing, but cigarettes also can prevent you from healing too. Alcohol or cigarettes may help you to feel like your stress relief, but it’s not doing your body any good and at a time when you are dealing with chronic pain you need to do all that you can to make yourself feel well.
- Start a pain diary. While it may feel ridiculous to document your pain, this can help you to understand the triggers and the things that affect your body the most and make you feel like you’re in the most pain. Keep a tab of your activities, as well as parts of the day and points will you feel the highest or the lowest paid thresholds. You can then learn to identify what helps and what hurts your current pain.
- Embrace distractions. You’ll never really be distracted from the chronic pain you are feeling but sometimes destruction can help for the short time. Focusing your attention on your pain can make it worse, but destruction is a very powerful technique and it’s an effective way to help the chronic pain. Take up gardening or join a swim class, learn crocheting or bead work and just anything that takes your mind off the pain and onto something else.
Play around with different methods of pain relief so you can learn what can help your specific chronic pain. Take advice from your doctor, speak to a physical therapist, and do all that you can to make your pain levels feel more manageable.