Summer has arrived and the warmer weather is just around the corner. But is pain keeping you from enjoying it? If so, realize that you can get help. And most importantly, there are a number of steps you can take to relieve your pain and prevent future occurrences. Following are some tips on getting you started.
Identify Your Pain Source
Are you suffering from joint or muscle pain? Stress can also induce pain, or you may be experiencing pain from an autoimmune disease such as fibromyalgia. Whatever the case, contact your doctor if the pain persists beyond two or three days. Your physician may recommend a pain specialist or chiropractor–either of whom can help you get on the road to recovery. Make a note on when you first experienced the pain and think of activities that may be contributing to it. If you sit at a desk for long hours or perform repetitive tasks, you may need to get up and walk around more often. If you’re an athlete or weightlifter, you may have tendinitis. Another possibility is arthritis which is more likely to occur between the ages of 40 and 60, according to Mayo Clinic. The more you know about your pain, the better you can explain it to your chiropractor.
Rest, Ice and Heat
If possible, rest your aching joint or muscle. Give it time to heal on its own. Take ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve pain and inflammation. Pay attention to the dosage recommendation on the bottle. During the first 24 or 48 hours, apply an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to your injury. Repeat ice applications every three or four hours at 15 to 20-minute intervals. Ice prevents a buildup of blood and lymphatic fluids that can cause swelling. When the pain and inflammation subside, try using a heating pad to enhance the healing process.
Benefits of a Chiropractor
Chiropractors can help you with both simple and more complicated pain issues, such as those of the spinal column. After they diagnose the source of your pain, they will usually treat you over several weeks. Many of these treatments include heat and ice therapy as well as flexion distraction. These are tables that move and stretch your muscles and joints for relief. Chiropractors are also experts in manipulation and can reposition misplaced vertebrae or joints that cause your pain. Some common vertebral issues include herniated or degenerative discs, twisted vertebrae or pinched nerves.
Most chiropractors will recommend certain exercises to foster the healing process. These exercises can help heal your injury and pain and prevent you from incurring future injuries. Stretching exercises relieve achy muscles and joints. Muscles and joints tighten the older you get, so you must stretch them to keep them flexible and mobile. For example, you may suffer from cervical neck pain near your shoulders. One exercise to relieve that type of pain is moving your arms in front of you and back while holding them up like football goalposts. Resistance training, such as weight lifting, strengthens muscles surrounding joints, making them both less susceptible to injuries.
So don’t let pain ruin your Summer activities. Use some of the recommended suggestions and get help if you need it. Chiropractors may also employ other techniques, including biofeedback, where you learn to reduce pain by controlling your body temperature and heart rate.