Patients who suffer with chronic pain usually have an underlying cause for the pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis or a past injury. However, if a patient has endured chronic pain for many years, the pain signals may continue due to a sort of “nerve memory” that makes the pain feel like it cannot be stopped.
The good news is that chronic pain can indeed be lessened and managed. Let’s talk about some of the methods that can be employed to help reduce your chronic pain and keep it tamped down.
Professionals Who Can Help Reduce Your Pain
An interventional pain medicine specialist can diagnose the source of your pain and provide methods that work for you. This physician will work with you in trying different treatments and find a solution that alleviates your chronic pain.
It is always a good idea to see a psychologist to help you reduce your stress levels, and thereby your pain levels. A medical professional can provide proven ways to help alleviate your pain.
Home-Based Ways to Control Chronic Pain
The three main ways to help manage chronic pain are:
- Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Maintaining consistent sleep patterns
Stress can induce physical pain, and physical pain induces stress. To reclaim control of this roller-coaster, begin by implementing lifestyle changes that include less worrying.
Turn over some responsibilities to family or friends you can trust. Learn to say “no” to things that are getting in the way of taking care of yourself. Stay away from people who cause stress as much as possible.
Alternative Techniques to Fight Chronic Pain
There are various techniques that are used in alternative and complementary medicine, and they can work even better when combined with traditional medicine. Several methods of relaxation can work wonderfully to help you manage your chronic pain.
With a little practice, you can learn to meditate almost anywhere. Meditation focuses on emptying the mind and focusing on breathing. Spending 20 minutes meditating can result in feeling like you’ve had a long nap.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that focuses on strengthening the body’s core and stretching. It can help a person reduce their levels of chronic pain by employing focused stretching, simple movements, and controlled breathing.
Another type of alternative medicine that works for many people who suffer from chronic pain is acupuncture. This 3,000-year-old practice can help the body to block the pain from nerve signals and possibly even reduce inflammation.
All of these practices listed above are regularly used in conjunction with traditional medicine. When a form of alternative medicine is used together with traditional medicine, they can enhance each other’s effectiveness and improve the patient’s overall levels of pain.
Full-Service Medical Clinic
Lynx Healthcare is your comprehensive medical clinic to help reduce your chronic pain, and to help you with any other ailment or health condition you may have. We are also your family doctors.
We have locations in New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon. Contact us today by calling (509) 591-0070 or request an appointment online, and let Lynx be your health care partner.