Pain Free New Year

Have you been living with chronic pain? Well repeat after me its a New Year, it’s a new me, pain free! It’s 2018, a New Year, and time for a change if you’ve been suffering from chronic pain. Time to set some healthy lifestyle goals with a little help from your local pain specialists.

Follow these simple steps to start a healthier happier pain free life.

Step 1: Start Walking / Exercise

Get circulating. Walking and exercise is said to reduce inflammation, strengthen muscles, and provide healing by sending oxygen-rich blood to the painful area. Follow these steps Workout, rest, recover, repeat.

Step 2: When it’s time to sleep – go to sleep

Do you watch TV or are you on your phone before going to bed? Shut off that TV. Put those electronics away.  Start counting sheep. You don’t need distractions. Turn off the lights and go to sleep.  Studies have shown that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.

Step 3: If you smoke – STOP

Studies have shown that smokers experience pain more frequently than non-smokers.

Quitting smoking can help most of the major parts of your body: from your brain to your DNA.
  1. Quitting smoking can re-wire your brain and help break the cycle of addiction. …
  2. Lungs. Stop lung damage. …
  3. Blood and the Immune System. Normal white blood cell count.

Step 4: Sit at work often – stand up often

Sitting is the new smoking. Studies show that sitting for long periods of time can cause chronic back pain and neck pain. So stand up and walk. Standing and walking (extension) can minimize the available space along your spine and crowd exiting nerve roots.

Have you been living with chronic pain? Well repeat after me its a New Year, it's a new me, pain free!

Have you been living with chronic pain? Well repeat after me its a New Year, it’s a new me, pain free!

Resources:
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK19961/
www.skylinepmr.com/blog/new-year-pain-free/
healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep
smokefree.gov/quitting-smoking/reasons-quit/benefits-quitting

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