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5 Tips to Control Chronic Pain

By Lana Bandoim

Chiropractors see many patients who suffer from chronic pain. Although regular chiropractic visits are important to reduce pain, there are also steps you can take at home. Consider the following tips to control chronic pain.  

Reduce Stress

You are probably tired of hearing about the importance of reducing stress. However, the power of stress reduction should not be underestimated. Research shows it has a direct impact on chronic pain in the body. Stress makes pain more intense and difficult to manage.

Increase Exercise

Workouts are more difficult when chronic pain is a factor. Nevertheless, it is important to remain active and focus on low intensity exercises that do not aggravate the pain. Studies have found that exercise releases endorphins in the body; they are chemicals that affect the mood and can make you happy. When endorphins flood your system, the pain decreases.

Find a Support Group

Sometimes being surrounded by other people who deal with chronic pain can make it more manageable. Support groups can provide advice and answer questions. They can decrease the isolation that is often a problem for those who have chronic pain. In addition, they provide a safe environment to discuss concerns.

Track the Pain

Although you do not want to focus on the pain all the time, it can be helpful to track it. Consider starting a journal or using an online app to give the pain a daily score. This information is useful for chiropractors and doctors because they can use it to find the source of increasing pain. They can also use it to make better recommendations about treatments.

Focus on Diet

When chronic pain is a daily struggle, the focus tends to shift to medications and other treatment options. However, the power of a good diet should not be ignored. Diet can have a direct impact on pain levels. For example, food that increases inflammation in the body such as trans fats can also increase pain. Consider switching to a healthy diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables. In addition, eat more anti-inflammatory food such as fatty fish, nuts and olive oil.

Visit The Joint Chiropractic to manage chronic pain. The licensed professionals at The Joint will work with you to find the best personalized care plan. You can skip the appointment hassles because walk-ins are allowed. Stop ignoring the pain and hoping it will disappear. Instead, get help from chiropractors who have experience treating it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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