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Safer Ways to Manage Pain

If you are considering treatment for opioid addiction, you might worry that being free of opioids will mean a life of chronic pain. That’s not true for most people. There are many safe ways to deal with chronic pain. The following are some suggestions. With any kind of intervention, learn as much as you can before trying it and be sure to talk to your doctor to make sure there’s no chance of making things worse.

Eat a healthy diet. First things first. If you eat a lot of unhealthy food, eat something you’re mildly allergic to, or eat too much, you will feel more pain. A bad diet can cause your joints to swell and being overweight puts more stress on your joints and back. Eating a healthy diet that includes leafy greens, fresh fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and healthy fats is a good first step in dealing with pain.

Get enough sleep. Everything is more painful and irritating when you don’t get enough sleep. It can be hard to sleep well when you are in pain, so you might have to have some success on other fronts before you can sleep better. But at least allow yourself enough time to sleep.

Physical therapy. Quite often, pain is a result of weakness, tightness, or imbalance and a few targeted exercises can help a lot. Your doctor can refer you to a physical therapist.

Exercise. It sounds paradoxical, but moving more means less pain–eventually. When you move, your body naturally becomes stronger where it’s stressed. Conversely, when you sit or lie down all day, you ache more. Your joints and muscles need to move or you will find yourself in a downward spiral. Exercise also teaches your brain to ignore any pain that isn’t an actual injury and your brain releases endorphins that naturally make you feel better.

Meditation. There are several kinds of meditation that can help with pain. Mindfulness is one of the best. Instead of trying to ignore the pain, you accept it and really study it. You may be surprised to find that really focusing on it makes it hurt less.

Relaxation. When you’re tense and stressed, everything hurts more. Find ways to reduce stress and relax. Massage is one great way of doing this. It relaxes the muscles and improves circulation.

Acupuncture. Acupuncture has been shown effective for some kinds of pain. One recent study showed that it may work by helping rewire your brain so that pain is perceived as just a normal sensation and nothing to worry about. Many treatment centers now offer acupuncture as a complementary treatment.

See a therapist. There are cognitive-behavioral ways to deal with pain. Quite often, the difficulty of dealing with pain is made worse by your thoughts and beliefs about the pain. Changing your perception can reduce the stress caused by pain and allow to do more in spite of it.

At Gardens Wellness Center we understand that pain is real and that treating addiction also means treating pain, whether it be physical or emotional. We embrace a variety of therapies and we will help you find something that works for you. Call us today at 844-325-9168 or email us at