A Better Quality of Life: 7 Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

Updated on February 8, 2020

Chronic pain is challenging to manage, disrupting daily life, and making typical, routine tasks almost impossible. Whether you are suffering from chronic pain due to a ruptured disc, or fibromyalgia, if the pain lasts for longer than 12 weeks, it is referred to as chronic pain. 

Do you have chronic pain? If you do, then you should speak to your trusted physician. There are several ways to manage chronic pain. Take a look at our list below, you’ll find everything from the newest craze of premium CBD cream to getting some extra hours of sleep in, so you may find something for that works for you.

1. Dry Needling

Needling is an alternative physical therapy. During dry needling, small needles are used to eliminate pain through the body. The needles are used to reduce pain and tension in tendons and muscles. Some patients turn to methods such as these to help relieve pain to minimize dependency on pharmaceutical pain medication. 

2. Yoga and Mindfulness Practices

According to the American Pain Society, practicing yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices can assist in the management of chronic pain as well as relieve depression. 

3. Try CBD for Chronic Pain

Have you heard of CBD yet? Chances are, you have. But what is CBD? CBD is a cannabinoid found in the Cannabis Sativa plant species. Although it is only one of 120 cannabinoids, CBD has been one of the researched cannabinoids to date. According to the WHO, CBD is safe for consumption and will not lead to dependency. 

How does it work?

Most mammals, including humans, have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a communication system, receiving and giving signals and is the chief regulator for several essential body systems, including pain, immune responses, and sleep. 

4. Light Exercise

According to the National Institute of Health, light exercise like gentle walking or even speed walking is recommended. Low impact exercise can help to alleviate chronic back pain and strengthen muscles. 

5. Get Some More Sleep

your body needs decent sleep if you want it to heal. If you are not receiving proper rest, you could be making it harder for yourself. However, having chronic pain can mean that you might struggle with insomnia, and it becomes a vicious circle. CBD shows potential for the alleviation of insomnia as well as pain relief, although you should speak with your doctor. 

6. Stay Hydrated

It is vital that your body stays hydrated. If your body is dehydrated, your health will decline, and it can become increasingly challenging to manage your chronic pain. 

7. See a Specialist

Long term chronic pain is a debilitating condition. Find a specialist that can help you to manage your chronic pain. You can also seek out a symptom management team, who could offer a more holistic support network. 

This article does not intend to offer medical advice. Always seek out professional help before beginning any new treatments, therapies, or other medications. 

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