I recently learned twenty-five million U.S. adults suffer from pain on a daily basis, according to an August report by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, published in the Journal of Pain. Forty million adults suffer from severe levels of pain, though less regularly, than the chronic sufferers. Unfortunately, prescription painkillers are among the few treatments covered by health insurance but have negative side effects and can be addictive.
There are ways to lessen your pain without going the route of prescription pain killers. Here are just a few:
1. Visit a Chiropractor. This is a great place to start non-invasive, prescription-free care. A Chiropractor can diagnose subluxations, or misalignments of the spine that can be the root cause of back pain.
2. Shed some pounds. Extra weight adds extra stress to your body. Start by making simple changes to your diet like eating fiber with every snack and meal.3. Do low-impact to moderate exercise. Yoga, swimming, and walking are great ways to start a low-impact exercise routine.
4. Check your posture. Many Americans spend their days at a desk, hunched over a computer. If you don’t practice proper ergonomics at work, you can almost guarantee back, neck and shoulder pain.
5. Control your stress levels. Take a couple minutes for yourself each day. These moments are important and can help reduce stress levels. Be mindful of events, thoughts and actions that may cause unnecessary stress levels.
It is always recommended to check-in with a trusted healthcare provider when dealing with pain but with that being said be an advocate for yourself. Ask questions, do your research and get several professional opinions. You owe it to yourself and your family.
Stephanie Lambert, Lambert Family Chiropractic, 2016