Living with Chronic Pain
Daily Pain & Activity Tracking
Daily pain and activity tracking can help doctors diagnose and prescribe more effective pain solutions by understanding the relationship between each individual’s pain, activities, and treatments.
Stretching, walking, and exercise can help improve flexibility and physical function. Staying active can help manage body weight and release mood-improving endorphins. Good posture and proper workplace ergonomics (varying sitting & standing) can also help reduce stress on damaged tissue or joints, and provide effective pain relief.
Smoking can dehydrate spine discs, increasing the likelihood of degeneration or herniation. A healthy diet balanced with exercise can help reduce body weight, alleviating stress on the spine discs and joints.
Relaxation & Stress Management
Pursuing enjoyable activities, verbalizing frustrations, and getting ample sleep can improve mental health and reduce the perception of pain. Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, rhythmic exercise, and other activities have provided pain relief for many individuals.
Online and offline groups can provide support, validation, and education to other individuals looking for pain management solutions. In addition to condition-specific education, these groups also help with life skills required to cope with the condition.