Pain Management – 5 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Pain

Pain management takes focus, dedication and persistence.  Being in chronic pain is not only uncomfortable but can be completely debilitating.  It affects our moods, our relationships and could possibly cause other physical problems if left untreated.  It is important to seek professional help to identify the pain. Once the cause of the pain is identified be sure to follow the prescribed plan to ensure your recovery.  Luckily there are a few simple ways to help manage your pain without relying on pain medication that can be addictive and dangerous. Below are five tips to help you better manage your pain. 

1. Education

Knowing about your pain and what is causing it gives you a huge advantage to better manage it.  It is important for your medical professional to know exactly what is causing the pain so they can prescribe the best course of action.  It is also just as important for you to become as familiar as possible with what is causing the pain. You are the one dealing with it every day so the more you know they more you will be able to manage the pain.

2. Exercise

Doing the proper and appropriate exercises will help strengthen and relax the muscles that can help reduce and manage your pain better.  It is important that you are doing exercises approved by your medical professional so that you do not do something that will cause you more pain or cause and injury.

3. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy offers many solutions to pain management.  Most of the options do no require any medication. They provide a natural alternative that requires a little regular effort on your part.  This can include regular daily stretching, exercises and weekly or monthly visits to the physical therapists for muscle manipulation for pain relief.

4. Electrical Stimulation

One option offered by physical therapy and chiropractors is electrical stimulation of the muscles.  This includes using the TENNS unit, which apply an electrical stimulus by placing pads near the source of the pain.  These pad in turn deliver a small electrical impulse that helps move the muscles and increases blood flow.  This is good for chronic pain especially back and shoulder pain. It is important to have the correct setting for the intensity as recommended by your medical professional.

5. Support System

Having a good support system can be a major aspect of successfully managing your pain.  Having people to remind you to do your therapy and offer you encouragement along the way will be instrumental.  This can be a tough road especially if you are dealing with chronic pain. Keeping a positive attitude and having other people to talk to and help you through it will give you an advantage of keeping your pain under control. 

In addition to these tips don’t forget about the basics like applying ice and heat to the pain.  Also stretching your muscles, getting a massage and incorporating an exercise routine into your life can all help manage your pain better.  Be sure to ask questions and be involved as possible with your medical professional. They are there to help and want to see you live a life without pain.

If you have specific questions or concerns about managing your pain, contact us.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Arthritis

Joint Replacement

Neck Pain

Back Pain

Carpal Tunnel

Muscular Pain

Injuries

Headaches

Tendonitis

Joint Pain

Our Services

Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy covers a range of services designed to help patients recover, prevent or maintain their proper physical health.
 

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE


Myofascial release is a type of hands on therapy designed to release tension in the muscles and the fascia throughout the body.
 

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE


Therapeutic massage manually manipulates the muscles to bring about relaxation, to reduce pain and increase circulation and is a natural way to treat muscle pain.

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