Five of the Best Ways to Manage Chronic Pain in Adults
By Laura McElroy

Chronic pain is more common than one might realize and the accompanying distress can play havoc with our daily lives. Living each day with a pounding headache or an aching back or legs can be debilitating for the sufferer, as well as causing concern for their loved ones. 

Long-term use of commercial pain medication can damage the liver, kidneys and stomach. So, what are alternative ways of dealing with adult chronic pain?

Choose a natural pain remedy

As mentioned earlier, the chemicals in many of the commercial painkillers can have a devastating effect on the vital organs, sometimes causing irreparable damage. This is largely because they build up the acid levels of acidity in the body. 

Added to that, it is a well-known fact that the modern lifestyle, with too much processed food and excessive sugar, leads to increased acidity, which can be directly linked to chronic pain. 

A good way to balance this out would be to try White Maeng Da Kratom from KingdomKratom.com, an alkaloid powder. Other benefits are that it enhances the feel-good hormones in the body, improving mood and increasing mental focus.

Strengthen that core

Oftentimes, chronic back pain is, in fact, the result of a weakened core. One of the best ways to strengthen your core is to take Pilates classes, which are based on the concept that strengthening the core and fully controlling your breathing will balance the body and mind. 

Strengthening the core automatically eases the strain on the overworked muscles in the back, giving relief from constant pain. It is also a great way to tone the whole body and lose a few inches!

TENS treatment 

TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This is a non-medicinal method of treating pain by using (mild) electrical current. The TENS system consists of adhesive pads connected to wires connected to a small battery-operated device. 

The pads are placed at the source of the pain, i.e., if your leg aches, you would apply the pads to the thigh and buttocks. The device releases a mild electric current that stimulates the nerves in the immediate vicinity. 

You will feel a tingling as the electrical impulses send signals to the brain and spinal cord. This is similar to the effects of exercise, releasing endorphins (feel-good hormones) and thereby naturally relieving pain. 

Gentle Exercise

Our bodies were designed to move, so living a completely sedentary lifestyle is not healthy or natural. If you are battling chronic pain, it may be an idea to start doing some gentle exercise at least three times a week. The movement of the muscles increases the blood flow and releases endorphins into the bloodstream. 

Endorphins are our own built-in antidepressants and painkillers. Some excellent forms of exercise that are not too hard on the joints are cycling (stationary bikes are perfect), walking (treadmill or the park or beach) or swimming. 

Meditation

Often our pain is a result of the enormous amount of stress we endure daily. Modern life is very fast-paced and sometimes we get the feeling that we just want to “jump off” because life seems to be spinning way too fast. Meditation is an excellent way of focusing your attention inwards and becoming more conscious of our own bodies and minds. 

Take time to sit in your favorite quiet spot and pay close attention to your breathing. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Allow your mind to wander for a while but remember to bring your attention back to “Inside your body.” 

Focus on your breathing and be aware of each breath, the sounds around you and the natural rhythm of your heartbeat. This is never a waste of time; it is a very healthy way of hearing what your body may be saying to you. 

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