New Year’s is the perfect time to make lifestyle changes to reduce your chronic pain. It can be difficult to stick to vague, lofty goals. Instead, resolve to build specific, realistic habits into your daily routine. Here are 4 concrete resolutions to help you experience improved health and pain relief:
See Chronic Pain As a Disease: Why Does It Still Hurt?
Low-impact aerobic exercise is thought to reduce inflammation, strengthen muscles, and provide healing by sending oxygen-rich blood to painful areas. The easiest way to begin is to walk. Here are some ways you can easily incorporate this habit into your everyday life:
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If walking is difficult for you, consider purchasing a cane or trekking poles.
See Exercise Walking for Better Back Health
People with painful back or neck conditions often sleep poorly, and poor sleep can make the pain worse.
If you want to increase your chances of getting good sleep, kick screens out of your bedroom. Smart phones, laptops, tablets, and TV screens distract and stimulate you. By using these devices in bed, you make it more difficult for your body to recognize that it’s time to sleep. Break the habit and try these tips:
See Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene
After a while, you may notice that refraining from screen use in your bedroom helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
See 11 Unconventional Sleep Tips: How to Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep
Staying properly hydrated is important for the health of your spine, as your intervertebral discs are mostly made up of water. Drinking water also allows nutrients to flow properly and helps with joint and organ maintenance.
Another upside of drinking a lot of water is that it makes it easier for you to reduce your consumption of soda and alcohol—both of which can negatively affect your health.
See Food for Thought: Diet and Nutrition for a Healthy Back
People who smoke experience pain more frequently than people who don’t smoke. And nicotine kills cells that help with bone growth. Quitting smoking is a difficult challenge, but it’s worth it if you want to enjoy a healthier spine. Consider these ideas:
Add at least one of these tips to your list of New Year’s resolutions and see if you enjoy a healthier and happier 2019.
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