Sometimes pain may have a purpose-it tries to alert you that you’ve sprained an ankle, for example. But for many people, pain may linger on for weeks or maybe even months, causing acute suffering and interfering with the quality of life.
If you feel your pain has been lingering on for long, you have access to so many pain treatment options than ever before. Here, I’m listing 8 tried and tested techniques to control and reduce your pain that won’t require any invasive procedure-or even taking a simple pill.
Physical activity plays a big role in interrupting that “vicious cycle” of pain and reduced mobility so common in some chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis. You can try gentle aerobic activities such as swimming, walking, or cycling.
Cold and heat
These two pain-relief techniques have proved their efficacy and are still the cornerstone of relieving acute pain for some kinds of injuries. If you feel homemade cld and hot pack won’t do the trick, try asking a chiropractor or physical therapist for their versions of treatment, which can quickly penetrate deep into the tissue and muscle.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy
These two specialties can be your staunchest allies in fighting pain. Your physical therapist will guide on series of exercises designed to preserve and improve your mobility and strength. Occupational therapist will guide you on performing a range of daily activities in a way that won’t aggravate your pain.
Yoga and tai chi
When you practice these exercises, you learn meditation, breath control, and gentle movements to stretch and strengthen your muscles. Many studies in the past have shown that they can help you in proper pain management caused by host of conditions, from arthritis to headaches to lingering injuries.
These techniques, which include mindfulness, meditation, and some breathing exercises, can help you in restoring a sense of control over your body and can turn down that “fight or flight” response, which can quickly worsen chronic muscle tension and pain.
This technique involves learning some breathing and relaxation exercises using a biofeedback machine, which has ability to turn physiological functions (such as blood pressure and heart rate) into visual cues such as a blinking light, a graph, or even an animation. Watching and modifying these visualizations give you some control over your body’s response to pain.
Massage can help ease pain by working tension out of joints and muscles, relieving anxiety and stress, and possibly helping to distract you from intense pain by gradually introducing a “competing” sensation that quickly overrides pain signals.
Many studies have shown that relaxing music can help relieve pain during and after childbirth and surgery. Classical music also works well, but you can also try your favorite genre-listening to any kind of music that can distract you from discomfort or pain.