If you are motivated to make 2017 as pain-free as possible, New Year’s is the best time to make a few changes to improve your quality of life. The following are helpful tips to get this year start off on the right track.
Walk 3 or 4 Times a Week
Routine low impact aerobic exercise is known to strengthen your muscles, reduce inflammation, and send oxygen-rich blood to the painful area to encourage healing. Those with chronic pain believe walking is an effective way to get that sort of workout.
If you wish to add walking to your daily routine, invest in an adequate pair of walking shoes. If you have difficulty walking due to balance issues or leg weakness, use a cane or trekking pole. If walking is too harsh on your spine, consider walking on a treadmill or a warm pool.
Stand Up Every Hour
The key to improving your back health is by sitting less often. One study found that 66 fewer minutes of sitting each day reduces back and neck pain significantly. If you mostly sit down at work, use a standing desk or a laptop stand.
Avoid Using Electronics in the Bedroom
According to several studies, as many as 66% of individuals experiencing chronic back pain also suffer from sleeping disorders. One bad habit that contributes to poor sleep is using electronics, such as smartphones, laptops, and television while in bed. It is easy to get distracted and stay up too late when you should be ready to fall asleep.
Studies have shown that smokers often experience more pain compared to non-smokers. While quitting can be quite a challenge, it is definitely worth the effort. Set a date and remain committed, as well as disciplined. Share this date with friends and family, so they can help hold you accountable and ensure you succeed.
If you are experiencing chronic pain, improve your quality of life by contacting Pain Medicine Group today.