There’s a new year on the horizon, which presents the perfect opportunity for people to set resolutions, intentions, and implement healthy practices to support their health and wellness in 2019. While the usual New Year’s resolutions of promising yourself to workout every day and eat better are always good, there are other intentions to add to your list. According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, approximately 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is characterized as persistent pain that lasts longer than three months. If you suffer from chronic or acute (short-term) pain, you can take steps to relieve and manage your discomfort safely without the use of prescription drugs or having to undergo invasive surgery.

Five Ways to Relieve Pain in 2019

Today, the friendly team at Adjust Your Health Chiropractic and Massage will share with you five ways to relieve pain and discomfort in the new year. Learning about different pain relief treatments, therapies, and self-care techniques can help you adjust your New Year’s resolutions to focus on not only improving your appearance and self-confidence, but also addressing painful conditions that can interfere with your quality of life.

Massage Therapy

Pain is the body’s natural response to injury and illness, which can cause mild to severe discomfort, limit movements, and restrict function. Medical massage is an effective way to address painful conditions that begin in the soft tissues and affect the proper function of different regions in the body. Whether you have back pain, neck pain, pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome, hip pain, or migraines, massage therapy promotes healing while relieving tension, ache, and stiffness. Make a point to schedule regular medical massage appointments in 2019 to manage pain and stress.

Chiropractic Care

Pain is often caused by various musculoskeletal disorders that can affect the proper function of the spine and nervous system, which, in turn, affects the normal function in other areas of the body. The goal of gentle (no twist) chiropractic care is to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal and recover from injuries, pain, and illnesses while relieving pain naturally. Chiropractic treatments realign the spine, releasing pressure from the nerves that run along the spine, allowing for better function and less pain.    

Electro-Acupuncture

Electro-acupuncture is different from traditional needling, in that this treatment involves the use of gentle electric currents to stimulate specific points on the body that correlate to an organ or function. There are no needles involved, making it a non-invasive method for treating different pain conditions, illnesses, and more. Regardless of your ailment, electroacupuncture may help manage your pain and improve your overall wellness.  

Ergonomic Mindfulness

Making simple adjustment to the objects you use and the positions you hold on a daily basis can drastically reduce pain. For instance, if you work at a desk all day, adjusting your chair so that your knees are at a 90-degree angle and using a lumbar back support can take the pressure off of your lower back. Additionally, adjusting your work surface to a comfortable height can prevent slouching, which causes neck, shoulder, and upper back pain.      

Talk to Your Massage Therapist

When you come into Adjust Your Health for a massage, talk to your massage therapist to get their recommendations for ways to manage pain in the new year. Be open to self-care techniques and make a point to implement healthy practices whenever you can. Doing so can help reduce pain and prevent pain from setting in. If you’re ready to schedule a massage, reach out to your Top Rated Local® Overland Park massage therapist to arrange an appointment.

Thank you for reading, and from all of us at Adjust Your Health Chiropractic and Massage, have a happy, healthy New Year!

Dr. Christina 🙂