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Most of us are in pain every single day. Let’s face it a pain free life isn’t technically achievable but there are steps that can be taken to try to lessen or even eliminate some or most pain. Chronic pain is any type of pain that keeps occurring over and over again. Often, it gets so bad that you’re unable to do certain things, and you can’t live life to the full.
So, how do you live a healthier, pain-free, life? It won’t be an overnight switch, but you can start by following these tips:
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Find The Cause Of Your Pain & Treat It
Loads of things can cause pain, but there are some common types of chronic pain that most of you will likely experience. The key to a pain-free life lies in figuring out what’s causing your pain and then how you treat it!
- Back & Neck pain: a highly common type of chronic pain, usually caused by postural imbalances. Fixing your posture can go a long way to improving your life.
- Headaches & Migraines: loads of people suffer from this persistent pain. There are endless causes of it, making it hard to diagnose. Commonly, it could stem from issues in your jaw, or with your wisdom teeth. As such, seeing an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can help solve this problem and get rid of your pain.
- Joint pain: issues with your knees, hips, elbows, shoulders; etc. Joint pain is common as you get older, and it’s usually caused by arthritis. But, it could also be down to muscle imbalances or poor postural alignment.
Other types of pain exist, but the point is that you need to figure out what causes it. Just because you have pain in your head doesn’t mean the cause comes from the same place. That’s where most people make a mistake; they treat the source of the pain rather than what causes it! Some times it takes years and multiple doctor visits to determine the source of pain.
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Manage Stress & Sleep More
Stress and sleep go hand in hand. If you’re stressed, you don’t sleep. When you don’t sleep, you get more stressed!
When you’re stressed, you end up exacerbating any chronic pain. Stress causes inflammation, which basically makes your pain even worse. But, if you learn to manage your stress and relax, then you can reduce inflammation. You lower your blood pressure, and it allows your body to naturally relax and stop feeling so tense.
Similarly, sleep aids the recovery process. When you sleep, your body recovers and can help to reduce or get rid of a lot of pain.
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Improve Your Diet
The foods you eat can contribute to pain management. Some foods are inflammatory, which can end up making your pains worse and worse. So, improve your diet to include some anti-inflammatory foods – along with healthy foods in general.
A healthy diet puts your body in the best place to work as it should. You’ll recover better, get all the nutrients you need, and this can help deal with some causes of pain. Getting more calcium and iron can help strengthen your joints to stop joint pain. Drinking more water enables you to stay hydrated and prevent constant headaches.
So, if your life is always full of pain, then you need to make some changes. Start by finding out what’s causing your pain and treat it. Then, try to help minimize the pain as much as can be possible by managing stress, sleeping more, and improving your diet!