Chronic pain is a common health issue. Unfortunately, it often strikes at night during bedtime. At that point, you need to find how to minimize the pain so that you can sleep. Here are a few helpful tips.
1. Don’t worry if you are not able to sleep
Trying to force yourself to sleep through pain will only make things worse. Just focus on soothing the pain and let the sleep come naturally. Don’t worry if it doesn’t.
Yes, it sounds counterintuitive but exercising your body through pain often helps to relieve chronic pains. Exercise releases endorphins and can allow you to sleep more soundly.
3. Try deep breathing
Deep, concentrated breathing is known to reduce pain. Inhale and hold your breath for a count of 4 and exhale. Repeat a few more times and measure how you feel.
4. Heat therapy can help
Give yourself a heat wrap. The soothing warmth could alleviate you of the pain for some hours so that you can sleep.
5. Cool your room
A particular cool, room temperature can help you sleep more than warmer room temperatures. Keep the temperature of your room lower and observe daily until you reach the one that makes you sleep faster.
Chiropractic care is one of the most effective therapies for chronic pain. Even if any of the treatments discussed above work, it will only provide you temporary relief, so you should still see a chiropractor. It is also important to be able to ask your doctor the right questions. If you are equipped with more information about your chronic pain, you will be able to manage the pain better. Here are some good questions to ask your doctor:
What may be the cause of my back pain?
Sometimes, your actions or medications could be the cause of your back pain. Maybe your job is too strenuous for you or maybe you sit for too long in the same spot and it’s affecting your fitness. Or it could be the way your office chair is designed. It may even be your bed. On rare cases, it could manifest itself as a side effect of some medications.
What can worsen the pain?
Now that you are aware of and living with the pain, you don’t want to aggravate the situation. So, you need to know what you should avoid to help assure that the pain does not worsen.
How do I reduce the pain?
You need to ask your doctor if there is any other thing you can do that will help to reduce the pain, like certain exercises. There can be some exercises that help to alleviate back pain. Your doctor will inform you on some of them.
Do you always have to take drugs?
Although there are several pain-relieving drugs, it is always better to go for alternative therapies. So, you may want to know if there are other alternative treatments for back pain apart from consuming analgesics.
Where can I learn more about back pains?
The more you know about the ailment, the better you will be at fighting it. So, you may ask your doctor where you can learn everything you need to know about the ailment. He will gladly give you the information you are searching for.
Trauma Associates of Florida offers chiropractic adjustments and other pain management therapies and they have been managing pains for more than three decades. Contact them to schedule an appointment or for consultation.
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