Living with chronic pain can feel like a life sentence, and the endless struggle to simply finish everyday activities can wear you down physically and mentally. Having a plan for how you manage your chronic pain will enable you to continue to thrive and enjoy your life.
At The Corrective Clinic, we frequently treat patients who are dealing with chronic pain. Here are our tips to manage the pain and live a full and happy life.
Adopt a holistic approach
Too many people living with chronic pain focus only on the pain itself, and how to minimise its impact on their everyday life. While managing the pain is vital, you also need to take into account all the other aspects of your life that are impacted by it.
If you don’t eat right, don’t sleep enough, don’t exercise, live with a lot of stress, and carry around a growing anger because your pain holds you back from enjoying your life, then you could be unknowingly making things worse for yourself.
A holistic approach combines physical pain management through physiotherapy to target the cause of the pain, with improving other aspects of your life – such as nutrition, exercise, and mindset – so that you’re better able to cope with anything that comes your way.
Mindset will help you succeed
Chronic pain can strip you of freedom and choices, and that can be debilitating – even more so than the pain itself. Getting yourself into a positive frame of mind and celebrating what you can do – instead of dwelling on what you can’t do – goes a long way to ensure you live a fulfilling life.
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Boost pain relief with exercise
As well as helping you to relieve stress and sleep better, regular exercise releases endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain relievers. Endorphins block pain signals to the brain, helping you to better manage your life with chronic pain.
Exercise has numerous other benefits, including helping reduce high blood pressure, decrease risk of heart disease, and manage blood sugar levels.
It’s important to choose an exercise routine that doesn’t put pressure on your body and make your chronic pain worse. It’s best if you discuss your routine with your doctor, physio, and other health professionals to ensure you’re getting ideal results for all your hard work.
Ease your stress to ease your pain
Studies have shown that living in a high-stress environment and prolonged negative feelings (depression, anger, anxiety, and stress) actually increase your body’s sensitivity to pain. It’s definitely worth your while to find new ways to eliminate or cope with the stress in your life.
Many people rave about meditation and deep breathing techniques as a way to ease their pain and help them relax. Even if you’re skeptical, you should definitely give it a go to see if it works for you.
Surrounding yourself with supportive people, hobbies, and interests that engage you, and taking time to relax and unwind from stress will all help you better manage your pain.
At our clinic, we have a list of mental health and mindset professionals, and we refer patients when we think they could benefit from a less stressful life.
Get a good night’s sleep
Adult humans need at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night in order for the body to properly rest and regenerate. Chronic pain can make sleeping difficult, but there are many things you can do to help you nod off.
Try a hot, relaxing tea before bed, quitting smoking or drinking, eliminating distractions from your bedroom, turning off screens an hour before bed, using herbal sleep remedies, or talking to a health professional about other options.
Take an active approach to physio
Having regular physiotherapy can actually help manage chronic pain. As pain starts to control your body, your brain will unlearn “normal” movements that cause greater pain and adopt different postures that guard against that pain. These abnormal movements will cause additional stress on your body and limit your ability to do certain activities. We assess how the pain impacts your body and can find ways to help you unlearn and rewire your brain to correct these abnormal postures.
We can also provide relaxation and breathing techniques to help reduce muscle tension, and recommend specific treatments to help. We regularly refer patients to other health professionals who give them further advice on sleep, nutrition, exercise, and mindset.
After a few weeks or months of regular visits, our patients with chronic pain report reduced pain, greater flexibility, and improved strength.
Managing chronic pain isn’t just about doing one thing differently – if you take a holistic approach and make positive changes across your whole life, as well as consulting a team of health professionals who can give you expert advice, you’ll find the pain much easier to manage.
Don’t live with chronic pain any longer. Book your physio appointment at The Corrective Clinic today.