How do I live with pain?

Pain is an essential tool for your brain to advise your body something is wrong.  If you have pain it is there for a reason and you must investigate the source of the pain and treat the pain at its source to have a good outcome.

Once you have established the source and reason for your pain you can then develop strategies to manage the pain.

These strategies can include physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, exercises, naturopathy, mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy, distraction and other activities.

Physical therapy is easy to obtain as you don’t need a referral and can get a booking with a local physiotherapist in a week or two.  Massage therapists and Chiropractor appointments can be obtained in the same way.

Naturopaths will review your diet and how it affects your pain.  They may advise on a specific diet to follow and they may also prescribe natural supplements for pain relief.

Mindfulness involves accepting the pain as a necessary component of your recovery.  Once you have accepted the pain, you will not be fighting it anymore and your gradual recovery will result in less pain as you recover.  Knowing that pain is a part of the healing process allows you to accept it.

Pain management is different for everybody and it is advisable to try a different approach at a time to find out which one suits you.

For more pain management strategies, download the Beatpain App today.

 

Pain Management without Drugs

Yes, you can manage pain without drugs.  The Beatpain app can give you many strategies to improve your pain management.  Strategies include:

  • Deep breathing and meditation to help you to relax
  • Reduce your stress in your life
  • Boost your pain relief through functional exercise which releases endorphins and makes you feel better
  • Reduce alcohol consumption which will assist you in sleeping better to give your body a better opportunity to heal itself
  • Join a support group or speak to a counsellor about your pain
  • Smoking can make pain worse and every attempt should be made to quit smoking
  • Keep a log of your pain, when it happens, what causes the pain and its rating – this can help your pain management specialists to develop strategies to assist with your pain management
  • Learn to manage your biofeedback to reduce the amount of pain felt – Biofeedback is the pain is a response from the brain to biofeedback provided to the brain
  • Have a well-balanced and healthy diet which includes many anti-inflammatory foods such as pineapple, curcumin, green leafy vegetables and nuts
  • Use distraction to avoid the pain – watch a funny movie or your favourite sport to distract yourself from the pain

The BeatPain app shows you how to use sustainable strategies successfully to reduce and manage your pain.  Find out more about the BeatPain App at the Apple store or Google Play.