Natural Pain Management Tips from an Aurora Chiropractor
When you live with chronic pain, you might be tempted to reach for the painkillers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, pain medicine carries the risk of causing a plethora of unwanted and even dangerous side effects. It also doesn’t address the root of the problem, so your pain returns a few hours later, possibly worse than before. Instead of popping pills every day, try these tips from Total Wellness Center in Aurora for managing chronic pain without drugs.
1. Get Plenty of Rest
Your body needs adequate sleep in order to renew and repair itself. When you’re sleep-deprived, you’re likely to notice some extra aches and pains as well. Aim for eight hours of sleep every night.
2. Move Your Body
Exercise is a great way to get your blood moving and loosen tense muscles. It also triggers the release of your body’s natural painkilling chemicals, which can ease your pain and give your mood a boost. Any type of exercise is beneficial, from yoga, to walking, to intense gym sessions, so pick the type of workout you’re most comfortable with.
3. Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Fill your plate with vegetables, fruits, and lean protein sources to lower your inflammation levels and reduce your pain. Cooking with herbs and spices, like turmeric, can also reduce inflammation.
4. Practice Acceptance
Accepting your pain, rather than fighting against it, will help you deal with it more effectively. Instead of focusing on the negatives of your situation, think about what you can still do despite your pain.
5. Breathe Deeply
When your pain flares up, relax your body by taking a few deep, calming breaths. Pain feels more severe when your muscles are tense.
Chiropractic Care Can Help with Pain Management
Chiropractic care at Total Wellness Center can help you keep your chronic pain under control so that you can focus on the things that matter most in life. If other strategies aren’t helping you manage your chronic pain effectively, call our clinic at (303)-627-7995 to make your first appointment with an Aurora chiropractor.
Dr. Holly Geersen, Owner of Total Wellness Center
Dr. Geersen joined Total Wellness Center in 2005. She graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2003 and also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Biochemistry. Dr. Geersen specializes in women, geriatrics and shoulder injuries. Her gentle adjusting techniques include Activator, diversified, and Thompson. She is also a Chiropractic Board Certified Acupuncturist, and she focuses on rehabilitation, which includes core training, postural stabilization and specific training tailored to each individual’s needs. Her treatment method focuses on gentle, non-force chiropractic care via Activator and Torque Release, and she offers onsite x-rays, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling.