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For a lot of people, pain is not the acute response to an injury or illness, but rather something that stays with them day after day. If you’re living with chronic pain, whether it’s back pain, the most common cause of disability in the world, or something else, finding ways to manage it can be crucial. Here are a few places that you can start.
Techniques you can do at home
There are a lot of physical manipulation techniques that people will use to fight the symptoms of chronic pain in their own homes. This can include the use of physical accessories, like, for instance, heat compresses or even arthritis gloves. Other people look into physical activities, such as yoga, which has been shown to address issues of inflammation and the pain that it can cause and is often used in cases of back pain, neck pain, headaches, and even fibromyalgia.
Taking a hands-on approach
Aside from the exercises that you can get involved in, at home, you should also look at how the professionals can help. Physical therapists can, for instance, help you identify which mechanisms in the body are causing pain and can help you mitigate that by creating exercise plans that are designed to offer relief and help you be more physically able. Massage therapy is often recommended, as well. Although somewhat less proven, a lot of people visit chiropractors to help them manage chronic pain as well, and many of them tout its success.
A natural form of relief
Whether you’re looking to avoid using medication to manage chronic pain, or you’re looking for a way to top it up, people have been using natural forms of pain relief, such as turmeric and Boswellia for centuries. One more recent development is the use of CBD gummies, which a lot of people have said is effective, especially in the case of inflammatory issues. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor and ask them if any of the natural supplements you’re considering might interact with your medication.
The mind-body connection
Just as your physical health can impact your mental health by decreasing your quality of life, it is also true that your mental state can also influence what your body is feeling, especially when it comes to the toll of stress on the body. To that end, it’s also important that people who experience chronic pain look for means to address their mental balance, as well. Mindfulness meditation is one of the most widely recommended methods, allowing you to not only fight stress and depression but to improve your ability to tolerate pain.
Chronic pain can be a different experience for everyone. Hopefully, the tips above help you start finding the solutions that work best to manage yours.