Once you are in pain and you commence taking Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Codeine and other drugs it is very easy to depend on these drugs to manage your pain. It can get very expensive and many of these drugs have side-affects which you may or may not be aware of.
If you have found out the source of your pain and the condition that you have that is giving you pain, consider commencing pain management strategies that can reduce your pain. Before undertaking any new exercise, obtain approval from your GP or health care provider to ensure the exercise is suitable for your condition.
Here are some pain management strategies that don’t involve taking pills.
- Stretching – If your pain is muscular skeletal, gentle stretching of the inflamed area may reduce your pain. Consider arm raising, leg stretching and leg raising to keep your joints moving. If it hurts stop the exercise.
- Walking – Movement may assist in pain management. If you have a walking stick or are in a wheel chair, consider walking or floating in a pool to get the weight off your joints. If you are walking in water ensure the water is above your waist level so you are not putting too much pressure on your back, knees, legs or feet.
- Fit ball – The fit ball can be a great aid to assist in pain management. Ensure you brace your abdominal muscles and lift your pelvic floor. Begin with basic exercises like pelvic rotations, alternative leg lifts and alternative arm lifts.
- Your diet – Some foods have natural anti-inflammatory properties, these include pineapple, nuts and green leafy vegetables. Swap out some unhealthy foods for these healthy alternatives and see if you have an improvement in your pain levels.