Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by Boko Digital
Managing chronic pain can be challenging, but there are various strategies that may help improve your quality of life and reduce discomfort. Here are some tips for managing chronic pain:
Consult with Healthcare Professionals
Seek guidance from healthcare providers, such as specialised practitioners, pain specialists, physiotherapists, or chiropractors, to develop a personalised pain management plan. You may need to see a number of these healthcare professionals in combination to work out an integrated pain management plan that works for you.
If you are prescribed medication, you should follow prescribed medications carefully and discuss any concerns or unwanted side effects with your doctor. Remember not to self-medicate or exceed the recommended dosages.
Plant based medications such as CBD are believed to have pain-relieving properties. Speak to an experienced healthcare practitioner if you are considering alternative medications.
Engage in regular physical therapy sessions to improve strength, flexibility, and mobility. Therapies like massage, hydrotherapy, or heat/cold applications may also provide relief.
Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, or yoga may help to reduce chronic pain and improve overall fitness. Always consult a healthcare professional before commencing an exercise program.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Practice relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga or deep breathing to reduce stress and manage pain more effectively.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eat a balanced diet rich in nutrients to support your body’s healing and inflammation reduction. Avoid inflammatory foods that may worsen pain.
Quality Sleep is Important
Prioritise a good nights’ sleep, and try to maintain a consistent bedtime and sleep schedule. If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, speak to a healthcare practitioner.
Listen to Your Body
Don’t overexert yourself. Learn to pace activities and take breaks or rest when needed to prevent exacerbating pain.
Chronic pain and stress often go hand in hand. Implement stress-reduction techniques, such as hobbies, meditation, spending time in nature, or engaging in creative activities.
Acupuncture or Acupressure
Some people find relief through acupuncture or acupressure treatments, which involve stimulating specific points on the body.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT can help change negative thought patterns and help you to develop coping skills to manage pain better.
Every person’s experience with chronic pain is unique, so finding the right combination of strategies may take time. It’s essential to work closely with a number of healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive and personalised pain management plan.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this blog is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
If you are considering plant based medicine as a treatment option, it is essential to speak to an experienced practitioner to determine if plant based medication is a suitable treatment option for you.