If you’re one of the people living with chronic pain, then you know no true comfort or peace. You’re riddled with pain every step of the day, even throughout all of your normal and everyday activities. Pain follows wherever you go. It can be frustrating to deal with both the physical pain as well as the resulting emotional pain. Those in your circle of family and friends may not always understand or empathize with your situation. Don’t despair. There is hope.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults in the US seek medical care. Enter intramuscular stimulation. This treatment is often referred to as IMS. IMS is the process of treating neuropathic pain through the use of finely sized acupuncture needles. The treatments can take, on average, approximately eight sessions of weekly visits for patients to feel relief from their pain.
While there are a variety of medical interventions available for chronic pain remediation and elimination, often different people experience differing results from the same treatments. Thankfully, many simple, at-home options for pain relief without medication are available to you right now. These are resources that can complement the care you’re receiving from a medical professional; however, always check with your provider before beginning any new treatments.
Looking at what you put into your body daily is always a great way to maintain health. Begin with your water intake. The Mayo Clinic recommends 11.5 cups of fluids per day for women and 15.5 cups of fluids for men. When you’re properly hydrated, your body is better able to manage all of the many functions that go on within. Additionally, good water consumption aids in reducing confusion and dehydration. Keep a portable water bottle with you whenever you leave the house. If it helps, set reminders on your phone to take sips so that you’re not wasting precious energy trying to remember one more thing in your daily responsibilities.
Sometimes the pain can be all-consuming. It may be beneficial to reset and refocus your mind with mindful meditation. This can be accomplished in only five minutes each day. Take time out to breathe and relax when you wake up, before bed, or whenever your body is telling you that it’s time to take care of yourself. Here is a helpful guide.
Even if you’re living with chronic pain, it’s essential to keep your body moving. You don’t need to be an Olympic athlete to gain strides with exercise. Speak with your healthcare provider to find out what will work best to reduce your pain. Walking is a perfect exercise, no matter your fitness level. It can be done without any equipment or you can add hand and ankle weights as you continue on your path to health. Walking in all seasons allows you to experience the world around you, observe and enjoy life’s daily moments, and breathe in fresh air – even through a mask.
Don’t let chronic pain derail you from living your best life. Believe in yourself and seek out those that believe in you. Take care of yourself at home and find a professional physiotherapist who will guide you on the path to wellness and recovery.