Tips to manage chronic pain naturally
Looking how to manage chronic pain naturally? Keep reading for 5 tips that are simple, natural ways to manage your pain.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. If you are experiencing pain, seek care from a medical doctor.
Pain is our body’s way of telling us we need to pay attention to something so it isn’t something that should be ignored. In this post, I’m talking to the people who have been checked by a medical doctor to ensure nothing serious is going on that would require medical attention.
5 Ways to Manage Chronic Pain Naturally
1. Physical therapy
Physical therapy is a great natural tool to use in managing chronic pain. Physical therapy typically offers a combination of exercise and hands on treatment and can be really helpful in healing. Physical therapy can help with issues related to muscles, joints, and even nerves.
If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. If you’ve tried it and it hasn’t helped, I suggest trying again with a new physical therapist as there are many different treatment approaches out there.
Yoga is really a power player when it comes to natural ways to manage chronic pain.
I’ve already written an entire post that goes into detail on why yoga can be so helpful for chronic pain (which you can find by clicking here) so I’ll just give you a brief overview. Yoga works on your entire being, mind, body and soul and allows for deep healing to occur. The mind and body are connected, so when working on healing from anything, it’s important to work on both the mind and body, but this is especially important when it comes to chronic pain. This is because of the role the brain plays in pain signals which you can learn more about here: The Brain and Chronic Pain
Also know that yoga is a very vast practice and that there are many ways to practice yoga, so if you’ve tried one form that you didn’t like, don’t write it off, there is something in this practice for everyone.
As I was saying before, there are many ways to engage in a yoga practice and meditation is one of them.
Even though meditation is part of yoga, it’s so powerful that I’m giving it it’s own space on this list. Meditation can help to manage chronic pain for many reasons. Two of my favorite reasons are that it’s wonderful at calming the nervous system and at relaxing the mind which can help to decrease pain.
It pretty much allows you to work on the mind, body, and soul all in one practice so I definitely suggest giving this one a try.
If you want to learn more about how to use yoga and meditation in relation to chronic pain, check out this self paced course: The Framework For Using Yoga To Stop Chronic Pain From Controlling Your Life
4. Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is another wonderful way to manage chronic pain as massages can help to decrease muscle tightness and can promote overall relaxation.
There are different types of massage out there that can be helpful and it really depends what you like and what works best for you. Maybe deep tissue massage helps you or maybe you prefer a more relaxing swedish massage. Try out different types and see what is best for you and your body.
5. Eat Healthy
Food is the “fuel” for your body, so what you eat impacts how your body “runs”. This means that food can have an impact on chronic pain.
I’m not saying you need to eat healthy 24/7, but choosing healthier options overall is going to help to keep your body happy and in turn be helpful in regards to pain. Choose foods that nourish your body and make you feel good!
There are your 5 simple tips to help manage chronic pain naturally! Don’t forget to check out this course to dive deeper into how to naturally manage and heal from chronic pain: Using Yoga for Chronic Pain