Age is a state of mind

Living pain free at any age requires taking consistent small steps every day. It is not an all or nothing approach. It’s common to hear a doctor say “it’s normal at your age.” Is it?…

The aging process can be a bit of a burden on the body. We understand as we age, a natural wear and tear happens in our joint, organ systems but to say it’s normal to have a neck pain or back pain because you are 40 or 60 years old, I’m sorry that’s just not true.

That’s why I want to share these 4 tips with you. They are easy to put into practice and could improve your health, even if you’re already living a healthy lifestyle.

The key to living a healthy and pain-free life at any age is knowledge. It’s no question that the internet has made the world a global village. You can find all sorts of health tips and tricks online, but what works for one person may not work for you. Many different factors play into your health, so it’s important to know what you can do to live a happy, healthy, long life.

1. Inflammation, a source of body pain.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. It is characterized by pain, redness, heat, and swelling. The inflammatory response can be acute or chronic depending on the duration and severity of the insult.

If you are dealing with acute inflammation due to injury or trauma, most of the time it’s easy to handle with anti-inflammatories, ice.

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At the office I may use photobiomodulation therapy, ice treatment, kinesio and cross balance taping.

I may even suggest these natural anti-inflammatories.

If you have a low-grade systemic inflammation causing body pain, for example digestive issues, autoimmune conditions, etc… then you should address that first before getting a massage or any other alternative therapies for pain.

2. Harness the Power of Exercise

Exercise is an important part of life, but it can be difficult to make time for it. If you are someone who is not fond of exercise, just keep in mind that there are many benefits to it.

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we could have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates

I remember in my nutrigenomics course when the instructor was talking about brain health, she mentioned the importance of exercise for your brain function: “50% is exercise & other 50% is everything else.”

You don’t need to exercise 5-6 days a week, several hours a day to stay healthy. Depending on your genetic makeup I may even suggest you exercise only 2-3 days a week, do low-intensity exercises if your oxidative stress pathway comes up as a high impact in your report or if you are genetically prone to slow recovery from exercise.

3. Implement a healthy diet as part of your lifestyle

In today’s world of fast food, convenience, and a lack of knowledge about nutrition, a lot of people have unhealthy lifestyles that contribute to chronic illnesses.

A healthy diet is not just about what you eat but also how you prepare it. I cringe when in cooking shows they start cooking in olive oil and suggest it’s a healthy alternative. Please keep in mind that olive oil at high temperatures becomes trans fat which may contribute to developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

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Here are few healthy cooking oil choices: avocado oil, coconut oil, ghee (purified butter).

Leave the olive oil for your salads.

Some of the worst cooking oils are: canola, sunflower, grapeseed, soybean.

If you are constraint on time, luckily, there are many pre-made options available at grocery stores, restaurants, and meal delivery companies that make it easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Want to create a personalized plan? Check this out

4. Maintenance with alternative therapies

Alternative therapies is non-traditional treatments that do not use drugs or surgery. They aim to heal people through natural methods.

The most common forms of alternative therapies include massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture. These treatments can be used in a variety of ways.

Some people use these therapies to ease pain from arthritis, acute or chronic pain, injury.

Therapies involving cold and heat packs can help ease pain and other symptoms for those with arthritis and fibromyalgia. These therapies can be done at home too.

Others might use them to help handle the pressure and anxiety of day-to-day life. In these cases, the goal is usually to reduce the negative effects on the body and mind by treating them directly at their source rather than suppressing them with drugs or surgery.

I usually recommend my clients to see me every 6-8 weeks for maintenance, that way I can check the whole body, make any adjustments, give specific suggestions so they can maintain a pain-free, healthy body.

Did you know that I offer 15 minutes complimentary zoom session?

About the author 

Ani Papazyan

Ani is a pain relief specialist and an educator. She utilizes advanced pain relief manual therapy techniques, functional nutrition, genetics, and education to help people overcome pain and do what they love.

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