Tips for Managing Chronic Pain

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 28, 2014

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Nearly every one experiences pain at one time or other that interferes with routine of daily activities. The pain can range from mild to severe or chronic. Follow these tips to manage the chronic pain.
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    Pain

    Pain is the way by which your body lets you know that something is wrong with it. It can happen suddenly or can build over a period of time. It can be mild, intermittent or severe. According to National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, untreated acute pain can lead to chronic pain. Chronic pain is known to disable more people than any other diseases. Here are some tips to manage your chronic pain.

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    Breathe Right

    Concentrating on your breathing when you are in pain can be of great help. When the pain is intense breathe slowly and deeply as shallow and rapid breathes can make you feel dizzy, anxious or panicked. Slow and deep breathes can help you feel more controlled keeping you relaxed and preventing any muscle tension from worsening.

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    Stay Hydrated

    Dehydration at times can aggravate the symptoms of chronic conditions like headaches and back pain. Many people tempt to go for coffee, soda or juice when they feel thirsty, which are the poor sources of hydration for that matter. Its water that keeps you hydrated without the extra calories, sodium or caffeine.

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    Avoid Alcohol

    While the pain tends to make sleep difficult, drinking alcohol can even make it worse. If you are suffering from chronic pain, avoiding alcohol can help you improve the quality of your life.

     

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    Eat Right

    According to a study published in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a diet which if free from processed foods can alleviate inflammation. Foods that can alleviate inflammation leading to pain include green leafy vegetables, foods high in omega-3, fatty acids, asparagus, and low sugar foods like cherries, cranberries, plums, and pineapple and also soy food products.

     

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    Reduce Stress

    Depression, anxiety, stress and anger are such negative feelings that can increase the sensitivity of the body to the pain. Controlling or reducing the stress can help you in getting relief from chronic pain. One of the best techniques that help you reduce stress and promote relaxation is listening to soothing, calming music that can lift your mood up and help you manage with the chronic pain.

     

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    Turn to Turmeric

    The brightly coloured spice is known for its anti inflammatory properties and is beneficial for treating many health conditions including the chronic pain. Turmeric has a compound known as curcumin which helps in reducing the inflammation in the body. According to National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine turmeric increases the flexibility of the ligaments and boosts the immune system.

     

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    Yoga

    Another simple way to manage your chronic pain is yoga. It not only promotes the strength and flexibility but also helps in calming the mind and reducing the stress. It is considered as one of the best centuries old practices that offer a method of reducing stress that can help those suffering from chronic pain.

     

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    Right Posture

    If you don’t seem to have a right posture, there are simple ways that can help bring the posture of yoga into your life. Maintaining a correct posture is essential to combat the pain while watching TV or working on your computer at work. Most of us fall prey to that C-slump position in which the back is rounded and head is in front of the spine. According to Journal of Neuroscience C- slump posture can impair nerve and blood flow. For a right posture, keep your head directly above a tall, straight spine to prevent the strain on the back and neck muscles.

     

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    Talk about your Pain

    According to American Psychological Association, talking about the pain may also help in reducing it. Some of the common techniques include Cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback and guided imaginary. All these techniques help in teaching stress management and real life coping skills.

     

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