Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

Ways to Ease Chronic Pain:


It's a Catch-22: You're hurting, so you don't exercise; but without exercise, you may lose muscle tone and strength, making the pain worse. Fortunately, even mild exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good brain chemicals that lift mood and block pain. Ask your doctor if aerobic, strengthening or stretching exercises can give your body the boost - and relief - it needs.

Practice Relaxation

It sounds so obvious, but few of us actually take the time to stop what we're doing and calm our minds. Stress management techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and biofeedback relax your body, which helps ease the pain. Talk to your doctor to learn more. In the meantime, slow down, close your eyes, breathe in and breathe out.

Avoid Alcohol

You need a good night's sleep to help soothe the stresses pain puts on your body. Although a drink can help you fall asleep, when alcohol breaks down in your body, it leads to shallow sleep, shortens the important time in REM sleep, and may even wake you. The result: A less restful night...

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