Waking up in the morning with a small ache in your back may seem like something that happens normally (and often). Pain is a signal created within the body by your brain to tell you something is wrong.
While a little pain here or there may not seem like a big issue at first, acute pain may lead to chronic pain in the future if left untreated. Living with chronic pain can make each day seem like a challenge. Here are some techniques that can aid in pain management.
10 Pain Management Techniques That Can Aid in Relief
1. Drink Water!
While it may not seem like something that could possibly have a large effect on the body – think again. Drinking water, instead of other sugary drinks, helps to keep the body hydrated and keep muscles functioning properly. When dehydrated, nagging symptoms of headaches or back pain may actually get worse.
2. Eat Well
Here is another technique for pain management that may help to reduce inflammation (the reason why most pain is felt in the first place) that is not difficult. Eating a diet without processed or sugary foods can be digested easily. Low-sugar fruits, soy products, and leafy greens are all much better choices that may help you eat toward your pain relief. (And what’s better than that?)
3. Breathe Deep
Once you have eating and drinking properly under your belt pain may still be present. If pain is severe enough, deep breathing may be needed to help calm the mind and body.
Start by trying to relax yourself comfortably in a dark room and close your eyes. Slow your breathing and breathe deeply into your chest (not short, shallow breaths.) After 2-3 minutes of focusing on your breathing, your body should start to return to a more controlled state.
4. Posture Up
Many people have an idea of what perfect posture is and can emulate it, but not many actually discipline themselves to sitting with proper posture everyday. Sitting with your head in front of your spine, called the C-slump, puts pressure on your shoulders and back and can disrupt nerve and blood flow. To reduce strain on neck and back muscles, train your body to sit with correct posture.
5. Massage Magic
Massages are a classic method in pain management, dating back to ancient civilizations. Using pressure or tension to work out knotted muscles can help to promote relaxation and reduce inflammation and pain in the area receiving the massage.
6. Yoga and Stretching
Similar to the effects of massaging tight and knotted muscles, stretching these muscles independently or with the help of a partner is also beneficial. Branching out and taking yoga classes can help to encourage correct, safe stretching techniques (while also building mental and physical strength.)
While this alternative method of pain relief may not be for everyone, acupuncture has been used in ancient civilizations and is still used today. Small needles (between five and twenty) are inserted into the soft tissue acupuncture points and left for ten to twenty minutes.
If needles do not work for you, acupressure can be given in the same fashion as acupuncture but without the needles – pressure is applied with the fingers, elbow, or different devices.
9. Fantastic Fruits
Two very important fruits can help to reduce inflammation and are 100% natural. Before turning to medicine for pain management, try strawberries and grapes. Eating one cup of strawberries three times a week can help to reduce levels on inflammation in the body. Grapes also can reduce inflammation through ferulic and salicylic acids. Enjoying a cup of grapes every other day can help to reduce pain over time.
If these changes are not enough over time to help to lessen the effects of your experienced pain, talk to the experts at Hoye’s Pharmacy. Different medicines such as acetaminophen or nonsterodial anti-inflammatory based medicines can help reduce pain.
The pharmacists at Hoye’s can suggest the pain management therapy that is right for you. Contact us for more information.