Pain that is persistent, lasting more than 12 weeks, is often defined as chronic pain. It can be dull or severe but either way, it doesn’t cease.
The goal is to find relief so you can keep doing the things you enjoy.
4 Tips for Managing Chronic Pain
1. Deal With The Issue Right Away
See your primary care physician to make sure there are no underlying medical conditions that need to be treated. If there are, you’ll want to have them addressed before it worsens and becomes harder to treat.
2. Stay Active
Though you might think exercise will aggravate your joint pain and stiffness, that's not always the case. Exercise can strengthen supporting muscles which creates less stress on joints.
- Try water aerobics or aqua therapy for a low impact way to help build endurance and strength.
- Incorporate back stretches into your daily routine for improved flexibility and circulation.
- Consider the benefits of water or land yoga practices for reducing stress and relieving pain.
3. Practice Healthy Habits
What you do each day could help to ease existing pain.
- Avoid foods that cause inflammation or discomfort to you.
- Pain may be experienced with weight gain. Discuss a healthy weight with your physician and make a plan to maintain it.
- Round out your diet with healthy snacks.
- Get a good night’s sleep to help your body function properly.
4. Relax and Reduce Stress
Negative feelings, whether stress or anxiety, can increase the body's sensitivity to pain. Try these techniques to help promote relaxation and relieve stress:
- Listen to calming music.
- Practice mindful breathing.
- Schedule regular massage time.
- Explore the use of aromatherapy and/or essential oils.
- Consider enrolling in a Tai Chi class.
- Look at meditation methods.
The Connection at Twin Towers is a fitness and wellness center. There you will find a team expertly trained to create workout routines and exercises that are specifically designed for those aged 50+. The Aquatic Center includes a 75-foot heated pool, aquatic bikes, and a whirlpool.
The Connection is open to the community and memberships are available. For more information contact us online or give us a call at 513-853-2000.