The sad truth is that chronic pain is a problem that most of us experience at some point in our lives. For some people, chronic pain is an everyday occurrence and can often be unbearable at times.
While there are medicines that can help relieve the pain, prolonged use can make your body immune to them. By that point, you end up going back to square one with your pain problems. But, the news isn’t all that bad. Did you know that it’s possible to manage chronic pain in other ways?
Here is what you need to know about the alternatives to medicine. Some of these ideas you may not have even thought about but were staring you in the face!
Reduce the stress in your life
You may not have realized it. But, stress can be a contributing factor to a person’s chronic pain. It is no secret that stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to things we experience in life. When you become stressed, several things happen:
- Your body muscles tense up, causing headaches and pain in your back, shoulders, and other areas;
- Your heart rate increases, and causes blood vessels to constrict;
- You can develop medical conditions such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
As you can see, stress can cause bad things to happen to your body. It can also be the cause of why you suffer from chronic pain. By finding ways to reduce the stress in your life, you will lessen your pain as well.
Have regular massage therapy sessions
An excellent way to relieve symptoms of both stress and chronic pain is by having regular massage therapy. There are a variety of massage options available to you; it all depends on what ones you prefer the most.
One of the most popular options is to have hot stone therapy. In a nutshell, this is where water-heated basalt stones get used at various points on your body. The heat from those stones targets stressed muscles, thus decreasing your pain.
Other massage options that you may wish to consider include reflexology, aromatherapy, and Swedish.
Give up the beer
There is a common misconception that alcohol helps you to have a good night’s sleep. Did you know the opposite is true? Many scientific studies have shown alcohol is disruptive to the second half of sleep.
Frequent drinking of alcohol before bed can also cause other issues, such as sleep apnea. Because of the irregular sleep that you get due to your alcohol consumption, this can cause you pain.
A lack of sleep (or good quality sleep) will cause you to have headaches for a start. They can then lead to pain problems in other parts of your body.
While lessening the amount of alcohol you consume is a good idea, giving it up altogether is even better.
Eat a balanced, healthy diet
Last, but not least, scrutinize the foods you eat. Are you overeating food that is often considered “bad” for you? And is your intake of fruit and vegetables low?
If you suffer from pain in your stomach or abdomen, the cause may well be down to certain foods that you cannot digest.