A crammed medicine cabinet will only take you so far with pain. Lifestyle factors can have a drastic effect on your symptoms, so why not make the New Year your opportunity to heal?
Exercise to Reduce Pain
Pain is worsened by stiff muscles and lack of circulation, so keeping your body moving can have a powerful impact. Yoga will stretch out your spasms, strengthen your core, and get blood flowing to the areas that need it. Even regular walks will serve you, and if muscle stiffness is holding you back, try water aerobics in a heated pool. You need a minimum of three half-hour exercise sessions a week. If your pain prohibits you from exercising, see a pain specialist to identify exercises that will help.
Improve Your Sleeping Hours
Fourth stage sleep regenerates tissues and heals the damage of the day. Excellent sleep hygiene will not only improve your symptoms, but give you the serenity to cope with your pain more easily. Sleep hygiene supports this. Turn off electronics an hour before bedtime, stay out of bed during the day, and buy an appropriate mattress to support your spine.
Set a Date to Quit Smoking
Smoking impedes healing and worsens musculoskeletal conditions. If you’re planning surgery or are simply looking for new ways to improve your pain, setting a quit date will have a powerful impact on your life. Before that date, cut out habits that you associate with smoking, and speak to your doctor about medications that can support your new way of life by reducing cravings.
Rearrange Your Office
Your posture and physical work habits might be worsening your pain. An occupational therapist can assess your living conditions and create an ergonomic environment in your workspace.
Make 2018 the year you annihilate your pain. You deserve excellent quality of life, and simple habits can help you achieve it. If you suffer from persistent pain and need help managing it, schedule an appointment at Pain Stop today.