Living with chronic back pain can be extremely frustrating. There’s so much you want to do but your body acts like a constant boulder that lodges its way between you and living your life to the full. Fortunately, the New Year is almost here and there’s no better time to start making plans to kick that chronic pain into touch.
Here our Stoke on Trent chiropractor highlights some simple yet effective ways that you can help to ease your back pain in 2017:
1: Start Exercising.
If you suffer from chronic pain, exercising can bring about a Catch-22 situation. You’re in pain, so you don’t exercise, but a lack of physical activity can mean you lose muscle tone and strength which subsequently makes your pain worse.
It’s important to remember that even mild exercise can release endorphins which will help to lift your mood and reduce pain.
It sounds so obvious, but not many of us actually take the time to stop what we’re doing and relax our minds. Start making deep breathing and meditation exercises part of your daily routine. They will help to relax your body which will help to reduce pain.
3: Dry Up!
Alcohol can act as a temporary pain reliever, but it actually makes pain worse in the long-term. A good night’s sleep is essential to soothe the stresses that pain puts on your body. Although drinking alcohol can help you to fall asleep, it does not encourage healthy rest. As alcohol metabolises, it promotes shallow sleep, reduces crucial REM sleep and may even wake you.
4: Stub it Out
It’s no big revelation that smoking can wreck havoc with pretty much every aspect of health. Those nasty cigarettes can slow healing, worsen circulation and even increase the risk of degenerative disc problems. Pain relief is an enormous incentive for stubbing out your habit. Make 2017 the year you become smoke-free!
5: Start Writing!
Start keeping a pain diary. At the end of each day, record a pain score of between 1 and 10 and jot down what you did that day and how each activity made you feel. This can be a really effective way of helping your doctor or chiropractor understand more about your condition and choosing the suitable course of treatment.
Chronic pain can make you feel like locking yourself away from the outside world, but becoming consumed by your health problems is likely to make them worse. Try to keep yourself as busy as possible with activities that you enjoy. Join that cooking class you read about or go to that coffee morning you’ve seen advertised. Whatever you do, make sure that you spend a good part of each day with your mind focused away from your pain.
Remember that your pain doesn’t control your life – you do!
Take your first step towards better health and call us on 01782 848 184 today
From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
Our Chiropractors in Stoke on Trent are here to help you