Chronically-ill people are always in pain; this is one of the main reasons why chronically-ill individuals experience a low quality of life. So, most chronically-ill people spend a lot of money on medicine that they can use to minimize their pain.
The good news is that there are many other, non-medicinal ways that you could manage your pain. You probably know of these methods but never really stopped to use them.
The important thing with physical pain management is that you have to be consistent with whatever you do-otherwise the method you are using probably won’t work for long.
Here are a few things that you can do for yourself. Each of these ways to manage pain are doable and within your control. So, experiment if you don’t know whether one particular type of treatment can help you.
1. Use heat to relax tight muscles
Heat can be applied using hot packs, warm baths or showers, electric blanket or heating pad. When using an electric blanket or heading pad, make sure that you don’t fall asleep with them on. You may burn yourself and if they don’t turn off automatically after 20 minutes or so, you are at risk to have a fire in the house.
2. Use Cold to reduce inflammation
You can apply cold treatments by keeping gel packs in your freezer and using them if you have physical pain that may be caused by inflammation. If you don’t have gel packs, many times a package of frozen vegetables, such as corn or peas, over the affected area can help. You may also want to apply a cold pack to a join that is inflamed or swollen.
3. Pay attention to your Posture
You can do a lot of pain prevention by paying to your attention and posture and making sure it is aligned properly. Frequently during the day, take a moment to check your posture and positioning, especially if you tend to stay in one position for any length of time such as in front of a computer, watching television or reading.
Make sure that your chair is comfortable and supportive and that your hips and knees are in a good comfortable position. Also, make sure that you can get in and out of your chair easily.
4. Adjust the height of tables and screens
Many times, pain occurs if our computer screen is not eye height and we have to squint. Or, pain can occur if we have to tork your neck to see a screen, whether it is a TV screen or a computer screen. The less you have to sprain and make unnatural movements, the better.
5. Access other types of professionals to help you
Sometimes the best way for your to help yourself with physical pain management is to go and see professional such as a registered massage therapist, registered physiotherapist, licensed acupuncturist, licensed chiropractor or other professional. Chiropractors can be especially useful for lower back pain, neck pain, and tension-type headaches.
By taking these steps, you will be taking the time to prevent physical pain and/or to alleviate it.
We all deserve to live with less pain. By taking any one or two of the above steps, you too can do so non-medicinally.