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10 Simple Tips to Manage Your Chronic Pain

10 Simple Tips to Manage Your Chronic Pain

The National Institutes of Health reports that 1 our of every 4 Americans will suffer from pain that lasts for longer than 24 hours at some point in their lives, and if you’re one of the more than 75 million people faced with chronic pain, you know how the discomfort can interfere with your daily life. Fortunately, it is often possible to manage chronic pain with the right treatment plan.

 

These tips can help you get on the path to better pain management:

  1. Stay Active.

Pain can lead you to avoid exercise, which can end up reducing circulation and worsening inflammation, causing a vicious cycle. Completing a regular fitness routine approved by your medical provider can help to alleviate pain and improve your mental outlook.

  1. Take a Breath.

Deep, cleansing breaths can work wonders for reducing pain. When the discomfort interferes with your daily activities or ability to rest, try closing your eyes and focus on your breathing for a few minutes.

  1. Try Acupuncture and Massage.

Massage therapy and acupuncture are both proven complementary treatments for chronic pain. You can visit a professional practitioner or use massage tools at home to improve circulation and ease many types of discomfort. At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, we offer acupuncture treatment at our offices in Aberdeen, Barnegat, Jackson, Manchester, and Point Pleasant.

  1. De-Stress.

The mind and body are closely connected, and elevated stress levels have been found to worsen pain. Something as simple as a relaxing bath or lying in a dark room to de-stress after a long day can go a long way toward reducing pain.

  1. Be an Active Patient.

Taking an active role in your pain management care can help improve outcomes. Keep a pain journal and give detailed reports to your health care practitioner, so that you can determine what’s working for you and what isn’t. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to say you need more help if your current treatment plan isn’t doing enough to give you relief.

  1. Go to Class.

Studies have found that yoga, tai chi and guided meditation can all be beneficial for individuals dealing with chronic pain. Sign up for a class in your area and try one of these alternative remedies for yourself. Attending a class will also give you a chance to form new friendships for your emotional and mental health.

  1. Explore Natural Remedies Safely.

Herbal remedies and vitamins have been shown in some studies to alleviate various types of pain. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health recommends that those with chronic pain seek the help of a licensed medical provider to ensure safety when exploring these types of alternative interventions.

  1. Talk It Out.

Talking about the emotional, mental and physical effects of pain can break down the isolated feeling that many people faced with daily discomfort can feel. Don’t be afraid to talk to family and friends or to seek the help of a licensed therapist, counselor or psychologist.

  1. Accept Help When It’s Offered.

When people offer to help or ask if there is anything that they can do, take them up on the offer. Accepting assistance with things like running errands, cleaning and preparing meals can give you some time to relax, de-stress and take care of yourself.

  1. Try Cold Laser Therapy.

Cold Laser Therapy is a non-invasive clinical intervention that has been proven to alleviate many types of chronic pain. Using low levels of laser light, the therapy stimulates healing and alleviates inflammation without exposing the body to heat or needles.

To learn more about cold laser therapy in New Jersey and find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, complete our Contact Form today.

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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have six offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
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  • Aberdeen, NJ
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  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

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One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our six offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.