Managing Chronic Pain Symptoms

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Chronic Pain - How to Manage the Symptoms

At Dynamic Health & Pain Management, we focus on relieving acute and chronic pain as quickly as possible, stabilizing your condition and minimizing the likelihood of a return of the symptoms.

Our treatment protocols incorporate the combination of medical diagnostics, chiropractic spinal adjustments, physical therapy and medical rehabilitative treatment options. Below are some simple pain relief strategies to manage your pain symptoms and get back to living.

Stay Hydrated

According to the Mayo Clinic, dehydration can aggravate the symptoms of some pain conditions, like headaches and chronic back pain. Diuretic beverages like coffee, soda, tea, or fruit juice are poor sources for hydration. If you find yourself experiencing frequent headaches or body pain, try drinking more water – it keeps you hydrated without the extra calories, sodium, or caffeine.

Avoid Processed Foods

A diet free of processed foods can help alleviate inflammation, which leads to increased sensations of pain. Foods that may alleviate inflammation include leafy greens, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, asparagus, low-sugar fruits (cherries, cranberries, plums, pineapple) and soy products. Inflammation is a common cause of pain, and certain chemicals in foods may exacerbate it. Limit consumption of nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, dairy products, chocolate, eggs and processed foods. Red wine, coffee, tea and soda should be consumed in moderation.

Exercise

Simple, everyday activities like walking, swimming and even yard work can ease the pain by blocking pain signals to the brain. Physical activity also helps stretch stiff and tense muscles, ligaments and joints, which can alleviate pain.

If you suffer from chronic pain, you may be hesitant to exercise because vigorous physical activity can be painful. The key is to become more active gradually as you’ll be less likely to cause any damage or harm. The pain you feel when you begin a gentle exercise regimen is the result of your muscles and joints getting fitter.

Sleep

It goes without saying that sleep is an important part of your health. It is restorative, both physiologically and psychologically. Sleep deprivation can worsen pain symptoms and even cause health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure and a decrease in the immune system’s ability to fight disease.

It’s necessary to stick to a regular sleep schedule. If at all possible, try to go to bed at the same time every night and get up at a set time in the morning. Avoid taking naps during the day as well. A steady sleep schedule will improve your chances of sleeping soundly through the night. A good night’s rest can alleviate aches and pains by allowing the body to heal.

Charlotte Pain Management

By staying hydrated, avoiding processed foods and getting plenty of sleep and physical activity, you can manage and alleviate your pain symptoms. If making these lifestyle changes doesn’t eliminate the pains and aches you are experiencing, consider visiting one of our pain relief specialists at Dynamic Health & Pain Management as soon as possible.

Call 704-525-6288 today to reserve your time with one of our pain management providers! We offer new client appointments within one to three days, and we are one of the only pain management clinics to provide image-guided injections!

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