In honor of Pain Awareness Month, we want to bring attention to those who are suffering silently with their chronic pain. Coping and managing chronic pain can be hard for anyone, especially if you’ve been dealing with that pain for a long time. That’s why we at ACG Medical have compiled some top tips that will help reduce the pain and get you back to feeling like yourself again!
1. Learn about meditation.
Completely relaxing your mind and soul can help reduce the pain you feel constantly. Finding a place where you can accept this condition in your mind and coming to terms with it can help you reduce the physical pain. Do a body scan and move your attention systematically through different body parts, starting at the top and working your way down. Try to accept and be attentive to whatever sensations you notice in the body, without evaluating or trying to change what you find.
2. Exercise regularly.
Exercise releases endorphins, which make people happier. Know your limit, even if it means you can only go for a fast walk – anything can help to release endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.
3. Become a healthier version of you.
Try your best to curb unhealthy habits like drinking and smoking. Drugs may make you think they’re helping with the pain but they are actually making it worse over time. Eat healthy foods that can help with different problems within your body, such as inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat found in oily fish such as salmon and tuna, are known to reduce inflammation, particularly in people with rheumatoid arthritis and non-rheumatoid arthritis joint pain and stiffness.
4. Distract yourself with things you enjoy.
Although you need to accept your pain and come to terms with it, sometimes it can help to use distractions. Play a game, watch a movie or any other activity that stimulates your brain and makes you happy.
5. Stop as much stress in your life as you can.
Stress has been proven to deteriorate your health. Whether it’s work, family, friends or yourself bringing stress into your life, remove it completely. Those feelings of depression, anxiety and anger that come from stress can increase your body’s sensitivity to pain.
6. Find products to help reduce the pain.
Since chronic pain happens for so many, there are plenty of products out there to help reduce the hurt. Whatever your pain may be, here are a few examples of how products can help.
- Lift chairs can reduce the pain you may feel when having to get in and out of a seated position.
- Knee braces or back braces can help support you by taking pressure off your hurting joints.
- Shoe insoles can make your walk to the store a little less painful.
- Pain management products will help you heat and cool the area to relieve pain.
ACG Medical Supply provides a broad range of products that can help with easing and erasing your pain! If you or someone you love is looking for assistance, contact us today!