Pain can be extremely limiting, as it can hold you back from many of the physical activities you’d like to do. However, there are luckily some quick and effective ways to relieve your pain and increase your energy, so you can get back to doing the physical activities you love. By incorporating physiotherapy into your physical routine, you can achieve your goals as fast and painlessly as you’ve always dreamed! Contact the Ottawa Health Group today to find out more about how our physiotherapy services can help you.
1. Eat the right foods.
The food you eat is what fuels you throughout the day. Certain foods can provide you with more energy, in addition to relieving the pain you feel. A few of these include:
- Salmon. Salmon provides omega-3 fatty acids, which help to relieve neck, back, and joint pain.
- Ginger. The ginger plant has been known to relieve pain from migraines, as well as muscle aches and nausea. It is typically used as a spice and can be easily sprinkled into a meal.
- Cherries. Cherries increase antioxidants, which can relieve pain and inflammation.
- Hot peppers. This spicy treat has been known to relieve arthritis pain. Even if you aren’t a fan of the spice, a serving as small as half a teaspoon could help bring some relief.
2. Look at what you’re sleeping on.
Did you know that approximately ⅓ of your life is spent sleeping? Because of this, it is important to make sure that your mattress is right for you. The mattress you sleep on can affect the way your body feels when it’s awake. Since everyone sleeps differently, it is recommended that you choose a mattress according to your sleep style:
- Soft mattress. Side sleepers generally benefit from a softer mattress, as it is easier on their sides.
- Firm mattress. If you sleep on your back, a medium-to-firm mattress will help with those backaches.
- Memory foam. If you toss and turn all night, or if you switch positions repeatedly, you may want to try out memory foam. It may help you stay in one place, as it forms to the shape of your body.
3. Boost your endorphins.
When you exercise, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which act as natural pain relievers. It may seem difficult to exercise when you are experiencing aches and pains, but even light movement can provide much-needed relief. You can also boost your endorphins by sniffing a soothing lavender scent, listening to your favorite music, or even eating chocolate. Win/win!
4. Minimize your stress.
While we are aware of the mental toll that stress can take on us, it can also exaggerate physical pain as well. Because of this, it is important to keep some stress-relieving techniques at the back of your mind for when you need them. A warm bath is a great way to simultaneously relieve stress and soothe any aching muscles or joints. Breathing techniques can also help you relax by calming your mind and body. A simple way to do this is to take in two or three deep breaths, releasing them slowly through your nose every time.
5. Visit your physiotherapist.
There are several advanced methods that trained physiotherapists can provide for you, in order to relieve your pain and increase your energy. These physiotherapy treatments address pain at its source, providing long-lasting relief. Some of the specific treatments that a physiotherapist might use include:
- Ice and heat therapies. Heat works to warm the muscles and tendons, making movement easier and less painful. Ice works to reduce inflammation, also providing soothing pain relief.
- Massage therapy. A physiotherapist is highly educated on painful areas of the body. Through massage, he or she can manipulate your painful muscles and joints, thus reducing inflammation and providing relief.
- Ultrasound. Ultrasound produces sound waves that can assist in blocking pain signals to the brain.
- Aquatic therapy. Water can stimulate nerves and provide resistance for exercise and strength training. It allows for easier movement, which can ease the stress on your body.
These simple steps can greatly enhance your daily routine by reducing your pain and increasing your energy level. If you are interested in learning more information about how you can improve your daily life and find long-lasting pain relief, give our office a call today! We’ll help you get to your best level of physical function.