Taking The Fight To Chronic Pain, Yourself
If you live with some form of chronic pain, we’re going to make the assumption that you have taken it seriously enough to talk to your doctor about the recommended treatments, medications, and even potentially surgeries. However, outside of what your primary physician can provide, there are other means to tackle the conundrum of a body in pain. Here are a few extra steps you should consider.
Exercise with care
The natural endorphins that are released by exercise can help immediately cut off your pain receptors if you’re able to get to that point. If you are having trouble moving as a result of your chronic pain, you shouldn’t give up, however. Physical therapy can help you regain your mobility step by step, allowing you to get your body to the point that you can find the exercises that work best for you. Of course, how able you are to get to that level of physical fitness depends on the nature of your pain, too.
Seek some release
There’s nothing wrong with taking the hands-on route, either. While often considered just a form of massage, myofascial release works to find and release the tension from trigger points within the connective tissue beneath the skin that is often the source of chronic muscle pain. This can be done at home with the help of foam rollers and lacrosse balls, and there are plenty of video tutorials that help show you precisely how to do it by yourself, but you can always hire the help of a professional to the same end.
Get to the point
A cross between a form of treatment and relief, a lot of people seek acupuncturists to help deal with stress, which is a common side effect of chronic pain and has been shown to be helped by lowering stress hormones. However, acupuncture can also provide direct relief for all manners of chronic pain. It can be especially effective for chronic pain caused by swelling or inflammation, as it has been shown to help decrease these symptoms. The sense of euphoria that acupuncture often gives can offer some immediate relief on your worst days, too.
Ensure a good night’s sleep
Chronic pain, stress, and sleeplessness are all part of a cycle. Chronic pain makes it difficult to sleep at night, which causes stress, which can exacerbate chronic pain (especially if it’s related to inflammation or headaches.) While it’s not the only plan of attack you should take, improving your quality of sleep with the right mattress can help reduce your stress levels, which can, in turn, reduce your symptoms of chronic pain. There are specific mattresses designed for those who experience joint and back pain, too, so it’s an investment well worth looking into.
Chronic pain can affect more than just your perception of pain, it can reach into your sleep, your mental health, and well-beyond. There are plenty of methods of fighting it, and it’s worth keeping it up until you find the one that meets your needs.