SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES FOR MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN…

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a health condition that causes chronic pain, you might be wondering where to turn for health and advice. After all, managing chronic pain can be quite challenging, and it can be tough to find practical solutions. The following resources are packed with information on understanding your diagnosis, getting relief from your symptoms, and learning to relax on rough days.

Accepting your diagnosis…

You finally have a diagnosis – but now, you’re confused about what to do next. These resources can guide you along the way.● It’s normal to feel shocked. Give yourself time to grieve and process your new diagnosis.● If your diagnosis has made you feel isolated, check out Back Pain Blog UK to read accounts from other chronic pain patients.● Consult expert tips to turn your home into a comfortable wellness haven.

Safe Symptom Management…

Your symptoms can range from mild to debilitating. Here’s how to find some relief with safe methods. ● Stock your pantry with tasty, anti-inflammatory foods. ● Focus on cooking nutritious meals at home with whole, unprocessed ingredients.● Take supplements that have been proven to help relieve chronic pain. ● Ask your healthcare provider about using CBD products to alleviate your symptoms.

Relaxation Techniques…

Chronic pain can raise your stress levels. Turn to these breathing and relaxation tactics to calm down.● Try these mindfulness techniques specifically geared towards people with chronic pain. ● This soothing yoga sequence can help you get your body moving without exacerbating aches and pains.● These sleep positions will allow you to get the rest you need every night.  

Living with chronic pain can be difficult, but if you’ve just received a chronic pain diagnosis of some kind, you will quickly find that knowledge is power. The more you learn about your condition and potential treatment options, the better you’ll feel. By referencing these resources, you’ll be able to research the best ways to manage your pain.

Guest post from Jackie Waters

8 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BACK PAIN…

Here are eight really interesting facts about back pain.

1.Up to 7% of people with acute back pain will develop chronic back pain. These chronic patients have considerable discomfort and account for approximately 80% of the social and health care costs.

2. Severe intermittent back pain that goes down to your groin, could indicate that you have kidney stones.

3. Eighty to 90% of back pain resolves itself within a month to six weeks all on its own.

4. Back pain accounts for almost one fourth of all occupational injuries and illnesses.

5. A survey of back patients revealed that 75% of those who were told they needed surgery recovered successfully without it.

6. Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are NOT caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. But rather poor posture and poor use of the body.

7. The number of given people who have lumbar related pain increases with age.

8. Pain that is worse in the morning and improves with movement and stretching is often indicative of a muscle related issue or injury.

IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – 5 REASONS YOU MAY NOT BE FALLING ASLEEP STRAIGHT AWAY…

1. Not taking enough time. One of the most common mistakes people make about sleep is thinking there’s this switch that gets triggered as soon as you jump into bed that cues sleep. However, that is not how sleep works. Taking everything in it’s stride but in a routine will help your brain to start slowing down.

2. Bringing cell phones to bed with you. Cell phones bring the world to your fingertips wherever you go, which is great — except when you’re trying to signal to your body to shut down and power off. And the same goes for laptops, TVs, tablets and other electronics. I honestly cannot sleep without my phone on next to me but I now always turn the sound off and place it face down so the light doesn’t disturb my sleep. I think knowing it’s next to me helps me to relax.

3. Too much caffeine during the day. It’s not just before you go to sleep that caffeine can affect your sleep it’s how much of it you have consumed in a whole day be it tea, coffee or chocolate which are the worst culprits. Think about what you are consuming after 12 Noon onwards.

4. Sleeping too hot. Part of the body’s process of falling asleep is decreasing its temperature. (Physiologically, that’s part of what happens during sleep!) So keeping your bedroom temperature cool just helps this happen faster. Ideally keep your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Sleep Foundation. If that feels chilly, cover with a light blanket (or keep one nearby) that you can shove aside as needed.

5. Too much light. Light is one of the most important external factors that can affect sleep. It does so both directly, by making it difficult for people to fall asleep, and indirectly, by influencing the timing of our internal clock and thereby affecting our preferred time to sleep, says Harvard Healthy Sleep.

MASSAGE HANDS AND FEET FOR TIGHT MUSCLES…

The DAILY Mail Health section wrote about Brendan Smith (pictured), founder of the Sydney-based clinic Village Remedies, who uses Chinese medicine practices to stimulate the body’s natural healing process and maintain optimal health.

Brendan also said a number of upper and lower body pain can often be eased by rubbing your hands and feet – a process known as reflexology.

‘Reflexology is a general practice part of Chinese medicine,’ Brandan said.

‘For example, if you have a sore neck or back you can use reflexology simply by massaging your hands to help relax the upper body.’

The same method can also be applied to assist lower back strains by massaging pressure points in the feet or giving your feet a relaxing foot bath. 

According to research, reflexology may also reduce other pain and psychological symptoms including stress and anxiety.  

If you massage in the correct areas, this can ultimately stimulate a reaction from the nervous system to generate a healing response. 

To assist clients and customers with further, Village Remedies has published a simple, practical E-book to self-care acupressure that’s free to order off Kindle. 

SEPTEMBER – CHRONIC PAIN AWARENESS MONTH…

Pain Concern write that this month is dedicated to raising public awareness and understanding of pain. Many organisations around the world contribute, including the U.S. Pain Foundation, the International Pain Foundation and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

During September, the U.S. Pain Foundation will be sharing 30 stories of people living with pain over 30 days, while the AMTA has posted resources to inform people of the role of massage therapy in pain management strategies. Pain Concern, they will be posting regularly on social media.

Everyone can play a part during this month by using the hashtag #PainAwarenessMonth.

You can also get involved by ‘liking’/‘following’ Pain Concern on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and share the cause.

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When people say what is chronic pain? You can only describe Chronic pain as different to acute pain. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health.

Curable Health explain that everyday stressors have more of an impact on the body than most of us realize. Once stressors are identified, the brain begins to put the body into a state of fight or flight, causing real, physical effects in the body.

Over time, the brain and central nervous system learn to continue to put the body into a painful state, which repeats the pain cycle. The Curable team pulled resources from modern neuroscience to visually depict the stress-related chronic pain cycle. While neuroscientists are still working to understand all the details of this cycle, this visual can help you grasp the concept on a deeper level.