Millions of people suffer from many forms of pain. These can be categorized into acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is short duration and usually lasts under 6 months. It’s a soft tissue injury that can result from things such as a sprain, growing pains, or even a paper cut. Chronic pain can last anywhere from weeks to years and can range from mild to excruciating. There are many chronic health conditions such as arthritis, neuropathic diseases, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, nerve damage, joint pain, and tendonitis.
What ever your pain may be, there are many ways to find relief. Americans spend up to $635 million a year on chronic pain management. This adds up to more than the cost of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The most well-known method of treatment would be pain medication. With dependency on these drugs growing, more people are looking for alternatives to find relief.
The American Chronic Pain Association has researched new ways of coping with pain. They have found that relaxation and redirecting your thoughts from the pain helps. Doing things that you enjoy, or even playing can be helpful. Different forms of art can be great purposeful activities. They suggest playing with play dough, painting by numbers, coloring, board games, jigsaw puzzles, crafting, light gardening, or even listening to and singing along to your favorite songs can be helpful in redirecting your thoughts from the pain. Using your imagination and being happy can help you feel as though you have regained control over a portion of your life again.
Another study done by PainEDU has discovered that different forms of exercise can help as well. Physical activity has been shown to improve body functions, decrease fatigue, and decrease side effects from sedimentary lifestyles. Aerobic activities increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins. Both of these boost your mood, help regulate sleep cycles, and block the pain receptors. It can also decrease the level of inflammation by strengthening the weakened joints and muscles for better support and balance. You can reduce health complications by participating in your favorite activity, whether you prefer swimming, yoga, hiking, or walking. If you suffer from extreme chronic pain, you may need a physical therapist to help put a tailored exercise program in place and monitor your improvement.
Whatever form of pain relief you seek, the staff at ACG is here to support your journey to a healthier, pain free lifestyle!