Alternative ways to help tame pain

Physical wellness Adult

Published on 26th January 2018

Edited on 26th January 2018

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1. GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS

Regular contact with people, in particular friends and loved ones can help distract you from your pain.  Laughing with friends triggers the body to release endorphins, feel-good chemicals that are also natural pain-relievers. Hobbies can also help to distract you from your pain.

2. HOT AND COLD THERAPY

Both heat and cold therapy can help to alleviate pain and can be used in conjunction with pain relievers.

Cold therapy can help to slow inflammation and reduce swelling and is particularly useful for recent injuries, such as a sprained ankle or wrist. An ice or cold pack placed on an injury can numb sore tissues and alleviate pain. Pain management techniques such as PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) use cold therapy to limit swelling and help recovery.

Heat therapy eases pain by encouraging blood flow. This can be done by applying some form of heat to the affected area to aid the healing process. Don’t put ice or anything too hot directly onto the skin. This method should work well with many parts of the body. Back pain relief, muscular pain relief and more can all be eased by hot and cold therapy.

3. A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Aches and pains can make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. However, if you’re in pain, regular sleep might be exactly what the doctor ordered. Try to establish a routine at bedtime to help your body relax so you can get to sleep easier. Meditation and other relaxation techniques can also help you get to sleep.

4. LIGHT EXERCISE

Light exercise is a great way to help relieve pain. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers. Exercise can also distract you from your pain; try a light exercise at first for a short amount of time, such as walking, yoga, swimming or gardening. You can slowly increase the amount of time you spend doing exercises. Do not push your body too hard and listen to what it is telling you - if it is hurting then stop and try something else, you do not want to exacerbate your pain.

5. MEDITATION AND RELAXATION

Meditation and other relaxation methods not only reduce stress but in some cases may also help with managing pain. Meditation can help to reduce anxiety. Breathing exercises can also help relax the body and alleviate pain.

WHEN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER PAIN RELIEF TABLETS

Everyone experiences pain at some point in their lives. In most cases the pain is mild to moderate and short term and in these cases there is a range of pain relief available over the counter including ibuprofen based pain relief such as Nurofen. For further advice on which pain relief is suitable for you please speak you your doctor or pharmacist.

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