Researchers have spent a lot of time understanding what causes chronic pain and how to get relief. Typical origins of chronic pain include sports injuries and auto accidents. Health issues that cause chronic pain include arthritis, cancer, diabetes or migraines. For those living with chronic pain, there are a variety of ways you can manage chronic pain. Getting help when you need it, relaxing the body and mind, exercise and what you eat are all part of the contributing factors to best managing your chronic pain. Here are some of the main ways to manage your chronic pain.
While it may seem like the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, exercise is one of the best ways to manage chronic pain. When exercising regularly, you raise the endorphins in your brain which are chemicals that boost your mood. These endorphins also block pain signals so you aren’t constantly getting the chemical message that you’re in pain.
Exercise also strengthens the muscles so you have more possibility of preventing re-injury. Exercising of course has many other benefits for your body. Keeping weight down and heart disease and a natural control of blood sugar levels are a few of the additional benefits you can expect. Your doctor should be able to let you know what your limitations are.