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Ways to Deal with Chronic Pain (Other than Medication)

Those that suffer from chronic pain may find taking pain medications beneficial in treating their pain. However, it’s important not to solely resort to medications - there are alternative therapies that can help reduce your pain. In fact, these therapies can even help in decreasing your medication dosage. Activities like meditation and deep breathing, exercising, cutting back on alcohol and smoking, and keeping stress levels low are ways to deal with your chronic pain. 

Learn Meditation & Deep Breathing

Activities like learning meditation and practicing deep breathing can help individuals relax, relieve stress, as well as ease chronic pain. Meditation, although not curing pain, can certainly be useful for soothing it. You may even find that practicing deep breathing during times of heightened pain and stress can actually prevent you from having to take additional medication. 

Exercise More

By strengthening your muscles, exercise can decrease chronic pain. Even though this sounds counterintuitive, in the long run, exercising and stretching your muscles is extremely beneficial in easing your chronic pain. Living a sedentary lifestyle can have detrimental effects in the long term so staying active is vital.

Cut Back On Alcohol & Avoid Smoking

Individuals with chronic pain typically suffer from other side effects like lack of sleep. This problem can even be compounded by consuming alcohol since alcohol can make it harder to get enough sleep. Experiencing being sleep deprived and stressed out is a bad combination, worsening your chronic pain. On the other hand, in addition to causing an increased risk of cancer and heart disease, smoking can cause circulation-related chronic pain to worsen.

 Before you know it, you may end up sleep deprived and stressed out. This can worsen your chronic pain. 

Keep Stress Low

Stress has the ability to shift moderate pain into severe, chronic pain. Participating in activities that reduce stress like exercising, meditating, spending time with loved ones, or even joining support groups, will certainly ease your chronic pain. It’s fundamental to keep stress low in your life. 

If you are suffering from chronic pain, call Pain Specialty Group. Our New Hampshire chronic pain providers have been helping patients for decades - and they are ready to help you too. Contact us here to book an appointment.

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Aidan Fisher, Maureen Cassidy Pain Specialty Group

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