7 Smart Ways to Reduce or Eliminate Chronic Pain

No one deserves a life with pain, especially chronic pain -- and though you can't choose which health conditions affect you, you can choose how to respond to them. In this article, we will discuss a few of the most effective strategies that you can use to ease pain while becoming healthier and stronger.

To eliminate chronic pain you need a multifaceted approach.

health journal

1. Create a health journal

Detailing pain levels, activities, diet, and any other noteworthy factors that could be affecting your health and the way you feel. You may discover, for example, that certain foods increase your discomfort by contributing to preexisting organ dysfunction, digestion inflammation, et cetera. Alternatively, you could discover that certain activities are particularly effective at easing pain, whereas others only provoke problems. No matter what the case may be, your odds of noticing trends early is much higher when you are taking notes!

exercise

2. Exercise

Physical activity triggers a substantial release of endorphins, a feel-good chemical that offers a number of mood-boosting properties, including reduced sensitivity to pain. Moreover, the long-term benefits to your health such as reduced body weight and lower blood pressure present a clinically-proven method of overcoming your health issues in a more permanent way.

reduce stress

3. Reduce Stress

Perhaps you need to change or re-evaluate your lifestyle by changing working habits or devoting more time to hobbies. Perhaps meditation, yoga, or pet therapy could help your emotional well-being. Or perhaps improving your relationships will make you happier. Whatever your particular case may be like, there are undoubtedly many ways to reduce your stress -- which in turn will improve your health and decrease your susceptibility to pain.

nutrition

4. Improve Your Nutrition

Like exercise, this offers both long and short term benefits. Eating better will help prevent immediate problems such as constipation and blood pressure fluctuations, for example. (And these issues cause a far wider range of symptoms than you might expect!) Moreover, improving your nutrition will clearly lead to better long-term outcomes, helping you overcome your symptoms and live a fuller, happier life. One important way you can improve your nutrition? 

Last Stop 4 Pain can help you craft a personalized custom nutrition plan using functional blood chemistry analysis, genetic testing - learn more about it here!

bad habits

5. Avoid Bad Habits

Smoking, drinking, and even overeating can weaken your immune system while increasing your susceptibility to pain and causing a variety of other negative health effects. Nixing your bad habits (or even reducing them) will help you be (and feel) far healthier.

seek support

6. Seek Support

Family and friends play a key role in helping patients face any serious health condition. Just as importantly, finding a group that is tailored to your situation (i.e. a group for cancer patients, diabetics, etc.) can also be an important support that helps in a distinct yet equally important way.

Massage therapy

7. Massage Therapy

From loosening muscles, to decreasing stress, to providing emotional benefits, there are so many ways that massage therapy can help patients confront pain -- along with the many other challenges that accompany chronic illness and ongoing injury.

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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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