Have you ever left a nagging ache untreated, only for it to intensify and engulf you in excruciating pain? Acute Pain, if left untreated, can lead to chronic pain. Shockingly, chronic pain debilitates more people than heart disease or cancer. If you are the subject of chronic pain, here are some steps that you can take:

Exercise

Exercise result in the release of endorphins, hormones that can lift your mood and act as pain-blockers for your body. Exercise also improves muscle tone and strength that can alleviate pain. Though it may seem like a catch-22 situation where you’d prefer not to exercise because it would trigger pain, it is a critical component in your journey towards a pain-free life. Consult your doctor to arrive at the best form of exercise suited to your body.

Meditation and Biofeedback

Meditation and deep breathing are stress-management tools that help relax the muscles in the body, to phase out pain. Similarly, biofeedback where one controls their involuntarily body processes such as heart rate, muscle tension, blood pressure and body temperature, can also be used to relieve stress.

Avoid Alcohol

Though alcohol may help in making you fall asleep, the sleep that follows is not therapeutic. Several health risks are augmented due to alcohol consumption, particularly pain-related illnesses. Let a good night’s sleep, be the remedy to the aches and pains in your body.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is incorrectly regarded as an outlet to release stress and worries. It ironically leads to more stress because it stunts healing, affects circulation and is a key contributor to degenerative diseases. Devise an effective plan with your doctor to kick the habit.

Reach Out

Dealing with a problem alone is never the best route. Confide in your family and friends to work through it together. As many as 1 in 3 people is affected by chronic pain in the US, so reaching out could help you as well as others.

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