Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Chronic Pain – How to Live With it

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Chronic pain affects a large proportion of the population - estimates say as many as one in five - and can make life unbearable; there are, however, certain treatments that one can undergo, and lifestyle routines that can be adopted, that can successfully hep the sufferer to handle the ongoing problem that is chronic pain.

The causes of chronic pain are many, and the most common are the many forms of arthritis. This occurs when the smooth covering that coats the joints, the elbow, knees and so on, becomes damaged or begins to degenerate. When this happens, for one of many reasons, the bones no longer move without friction and the sufferer experiences pain and loss of mobility as a result.

There is no certain cure for arthritis or other forms of chronic pain, but there are some treatments on the market that go a long way towards alleviating the suffering and restoring mobility. Among these are treatments that help to lubricate the joints and restore some of the lost motion, and they can be very successful indeed.

Given that chronic pain has no cure the aim of such treatments is to help the sufferer live as normal a life as possible; pain management is instrumental in doing so, and hence anti-inflammatory drugs are often prescribed. Many patients prefer not to venture down this route, however, and look to the many natural remedies that are also proven to be successful in helping relieve symptoms of chronic pain.

Furthermore, exercise is known to be a great help in coping with chronic pain. This may seem strange given that it is the movement of the joints that causes the pain in the first place, but when one considers that joints are designed specifically with movement in mind it becomes more understandable. If a joint, or a muscle, is underused it will - naturally - become less usable; a well planned exercise regime - sit ups, leg raises, and many more - can help greatly in keeping the fluids that enable the movement of the joints flowing.

Walking and swimming, and cycling as well, are also good joint manipulations, and when carried out regularly but without over-exertion can be a useful part of any exercise regime.

In addition, diet can have an effect in helping to alleviate chronic pain, and working with a dietician to discover which foods are helpful in this area can bring a better standard of living and, of course, other health benefits.

Living with chronic pain, whether induced by arthritis or otherwise, is never satisfactory but the above tips, and further investigating the newer products that are designed to help the condition, can go a long way towards making life more bearable for the millions of sufferers who wake each day knowing they have to suffer. With careful planning, sufficient exercise and the right treatments, chronic pain can become less of an everyday chore.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917

Exercise To Beat the Pain

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Chronic pain can occur in any of us, and can be caused by many different factors. Indeed, arthritis is one of the more common causes of chronic joint pain - for which there is no known cure - and will affect one in five of us during our lifetime. However, it is sometimes a surprise to sufferers that regular and sensible exercise can be a great way of helping one manage chronic pain, particularly that resulting from joint degeneration.

What must be remembered about arthritis is that it limits movement by destroying the make up of the joints; therefore it follows that helping the joints to move will go at least some way to aiding the problem.

It does, too, and one recommended routine is to carry out a series of simple and non-strenuous exercises first thing in the morning. The simplest of these involves simply bringing ones knees up to the chest a few times; it need not be done quickly, just a few times on getting up. This helps the knees and hips to keep mobile.

This, and such as raising ones legs a few times, will increase the blood flow in the areas concerned; this is a vital component in attacking chronic pain as blood flow is essential to keeping the muscles conditioned. If one lets chronic pain limit movement too much the muscles will not get the daily work out they need, and the pain will simply increase.

The emphasis in these exercises - any stretching will suffice - is on flexibility, as it is this that we are aiming to increase.

Cycling is another good exercise for aiding chronic pain, particularly that in the knees; whether on a stationary bicycle or out in the open a short ride every now and then is likely to help with the pain, but it is vital - in all cases of chronic pain - not to overdo the action too much.

Walking on a regular basis is often recommended for chronic pain sufferers, as the body is designed to walk and joints will benefit by being asked to move. It is important, however, to make sure one has adequate and correctly fitting shoes, as ill fitted footwear can lead to problems with posture and incorrect movement of the already suffering muscles.

It may seem to be a paradox that exercise is recommended as an antidote to chronic joint pain, but the truth is that keeping joints and muscles doing what they were designed to do is essential in order to alleviate further degeneration of the cartilage and the joint.

A regular and lightweight exercise regime, short walks on a frequent basis, and other exercise - cycling, swimming and morning exercises - all help in the fight against living with chronic pain; it is not something that will just go away one day, and needs regular maintenance to manage. The above tips should go some way to helping the sufferer to a better standard of living.

Yours Truly,

Joseph Marquardt
President, Q-Based Healthcare TM
The Makers of TriReliefTM Cream
Info@qbased.com
Toll Free 1.866.314.8917