Happy New Year from all of us at Adjust Your Health Chiropractic and Massage. We love this time of year because it presents opportunities for a fresh start for refocusing on your health and wellness. As you set goals for yourself that you’d like to achieve in the new year, consider ways you can effectively manage and reduce pain and discomfort. Whether you suffer from chronic pain or those nagging aches that can make performing regular activities a real pain, there are many healthy ways to relieve pain naturally.
Here at Adjust Your Health, we believe there is nothing more important than your health, which is why today, we’ll continue looking at five more effective pain relief treatments and self-care tips you can implement into your normal routine to feel better. If you missed part one of our blog series, we looked at these hints for relieving pain in 2019:
- Schedule regular medical massages.
- Maintain routine chiropractic care.
- Try electroacupuncture to relieve pain.
- Practice ergonomic mindfulness.
- Talk to your Overland Park chiropractor and massage therapist for pain relief recommendations.
Let’s look at a few more ways you can relieve pain and feel better in the new year. If you have questions or want to arrange an appointment, call your Top Rated Local® chiropractor in Overland Park.
Five More Ways to Reduce Pain in 2019
Practice Deep Breathing
There are many benefits to practicing deep breathing techniques and one of them is tension relief. Deep breathing, especially when combined with meditation, yoga, and massage, can help your mind and body relax, which can alleviate muscle tension and pain. A study released by Harvard Health reports that deep breathing can also help you focus. Take a few minutes a day to sit in quiet and stillness where you can close your eyes and focus on your breathing. This can help reduce stress and anxiety that contributes to pain and tension.
Get More Exercise
Along with strengthening muscles and joints, and preventing injuries, exercise and staying active is a great way to release pain-relieving endorphins into the body. Endorphins are chemicals naturally produced in the brain that can impede pain signals and boost mood. Movement and exercise get the endorphins flowing, which can help reduce pain.
Cut Out Inflammatory Foods
Improve your health and reduce pain from the inside-out by cutting out or limiting foods that contribute to pain. The Arthritis Foundation reports that foods high in sugar, sodium, and fat can actually aggravate pain in the joints and muscles. Limit sugary, salty, greasy, and fatty foods by replacing them with healthier options. This can help reduce joint pain and inflammation, which could improve range of motion and movement in the process.
Wear the Right Shoes
There is a direct connection between your feet, improper footwear, and back pain. Wearing shoes that provide complete support for your ankles, arches, and overall foot structure can improve your stance and posture while supporting your spinal health by reducing impacts when the foot hits the ground. Wear shoes that fit, but which also protect your feet from awkward positions. Doing so can reduce foot pain, back pain, and other painful symptoms.
Schedule Chiropractic Care
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that chiropractic care is one of the safest, most effective non-invasive, non-surgical treatments for everything from chronic pain relief to neck and back pain relief, to headache relief, and an array of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Gentle chiropractic (no twist) treatments can realign the spine and other joints, which encourages better nerve function while stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal. If you would like to start experiencing the many benefits of routine chiropractic care, reach out to your Overland Park chiropractor to schedule an appointment.
The Adjust Your Health team wishes you and yours a very healthy, happy New Year! Thank you so much for reading!
Dr. Chrisina 🙂