If you are living with chronic pain, you’re already well aware of what you don’t need in your life: extra work, more stress, and more pain.
It seems obvious to include “more pain” in this list, but some people may unknowingly adopt health habits that hurt their body and mind.
This is yet another reason why education and planning are so important for chronic pain relief.
In order to appropriately manage your pain, you need to be keen to the activities and health behaviors that aggravate your symptoms, causing both short-term and long-term discomfort.
In addition to negative practices we should avoid, individuals living with chronic pain should incorporate protective strategies to strengthen their bodies.
Here are some of the BEST ways that you can relieve pain by preventing acute, or new, injuries from occurring.
You are probably familiar with braces and splints that shield your joints from unnecessary impact throughout the day. However, safeguarding your joints extends far beyond the use of devices. Joint protection strategies focus on modifying movement patterns to maintain our functional abilities. Here are some basic ways we can protect our joints to prevent acute injury:
A similar concept used to prevent acute injuries is energy conservation. This lowers the amount of energy you expend throughout the day to prevent flare-ups, excess fatigue, and other unpleasant symptoms. Energy conservation can involve:
These principles are similar to joint protection, but with more focus on posture. To follow good ergonomics, use these basic rules during any daily tasks to avoid injury from improper or unsafe posture:
By implementing these basic practices, people living with chronic pain can avoid further discomfort and prevent the onset of new injuries. Principles such as good ergonomics, joint protection, and energy conservation can not only prevent additional injury from occurring, but also help manage your existing symptoms.
You see, controlling pain, fatigue, swelling, and other health concerns will allow you to achieve the chronic pain relief that you really need. Learn how to implement some of these specific pain relief strategies by contacting a Pain Mentor today!