Unfortunately, a life with less pain is a challenge for millions. According to a study by the National Institutes of Health, approximately 23.4 million adults in the U.S. experience a lot of pain over, while 126 million adults reported experiencing pain significant to diminish their participation in favored activities.
Particularly in light of the opiate crisis, many of those people are turning towards forms of pain relief that were once considered “alternative” but are now routinely recommended by doctors who recognize that truly relieving pain is a holistic endeavor.
With that in mind, we both polled our community and combed through some of the leading research and recommendations for three leading strategies that can help you unblock pain from your life.Mediation: Meditation is the opposite of a quick solution, but can provide the foundation for lasting relief and management. When practiced regularly, meditation puts you closer in touch with your body, enabling you to more accurately identify and then treat pain; is the pain hot? Dull? Does it have a specific origination? And breathing techniques will empower you to be able to get through pain episodes with less stress.
Remember, relieving pain itself - especially for those with chronic, severe pain - is a priority, but the simple truth is, a life with no pain just isn’t realistic. Even the healthiest among us will experience the occasional headache or sprained ankle, and true health is about managing and treating that pain in a way that doesn’t knock you out but that empowers you to go out and live your best life.
And as always, be sure to talk to your medical provider before beginning any new pain relief solution.