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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.