Pain – it is something a lot of us deal with in our regular day-to-day, and for some, it can be a great deal of pain. While there are varying levels and types of pain medication out there today, there is risk for addiction, and other health problems down the road from their use. That is why we here at Above and Beyond, have put together five tips to help you manage through the pain, without medication.
1. Physical Therapy and Exercise
It may seem a little counterintuitive to go to physical therapy or exercise when you are in pain, but most physicians agree that movement can help you work through it. Depending on your area of pain and the cause, a physical therapist can work you through strength building exercises that can help. You can also ask your doctor what exercises you can do on your own that can aid in lessening your pain.
2. Massage and Chiropractic Therapy
In a survey done by the American Hospital Association, nearly 91% of people who go to a massage therapist to help them knead and work through their pain have found their appointments to be helpful. Whereas, if you have neck and back pain, and headaches, your root problem could be your spine. If this is the case, a visit to the chiropractor can make a world of difference. By assessing your spine and aligning what seems to be out of whack, a chiropractor can jumpstart your body’s natural healing processes, and often cure or lessen the pain you are experiencing.
Your mind is a powerful tool when it comes to managing and coping with pain. A recent study has shown that regular meditation can also help you access and control your transmitters for pain. When you let go of your external influencers and focus on something as simple as your breathing, the sections of your brain that become active when you deal with chronic pain are quieted in these moments.
A consistent and sufficient REM cycle is vital to every human being’s health, but did you know that a lack of sleep could also make you more sensitive to pain? Make sure you are getting an average of 7 – 9 hours of sleep everyday as a rule of thumb.
5. Talk it Out
Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is a specific type of therapy that coaches the participant in the powerful connection between their body and mind when it comes to chronic pain. Essentially, you learn how your thoughts and behaviors can affect your level of pain, and where pain-reducing behaviors can become a habit in place of pain-increasing ones.
Are you someone who has experienced chronic or severe pain before and found some other great ways to manage your pain? We’d love for you to share with us those tips, below!
Stay Healthy, Stay Pain-free
Dr. Roger Sahoury
Above and Beyond Wellness Center