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Chronic Pain? You’re Not Alone (Infographic)

Standing Forward Bend

If you are experiencing chronic pain, you’ll want to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of new exercise routine. Pain can be the result of muscle tension and soreness, but it can also indicate some serious conditions. A doctor can rule out any worst-case scenarios and give you the all clear to try some natural methods to manage your pain instead.

Back pain? Try yoga!

Yoga can help relieve lower back pain by stretching and strengthening the muscles in and around your low back. Yoga Journal’s website also has a “poses” section entirely devoted to relieving back pain.

If you’re new to yoga, practicing at home is not the best way to get started. It’s worth investing in some yoga classes with a proper instructor. Yoga poses can be incredibly beneficial, but they can also cause injury if you’re not properly aligned. A good yoga instructor will help you make adjustments as you learn basic yoga poses. They don’t call it “practicing” yoga for nothing! After taking classes for a while, you’ll be able to feel when your body is properly aligned, and then you’re cool to start practicing at home.

Discovery Health also has some great tips for relieving back pain naturally. Check out their list of home remedies for back pain.

Work on posture to relieve neck pain.

Like the infographic mentions, texting is a major contributor to neck and shoulder pain. This is because when we text, we are generally hunched over out phones. Your shoulders slump, and you bend your neck downwards. This doesn’t mean you have to stop texting completely, though!

Balance out that forward-leaning position by doing some exercises to improve your posture. Your neck and shoulders will thank you!

Exercise and supplements for joint pain.

Joint pain can strike pretty much anywhere on your body, and excess weight can be tough on your joints. You don’t have to be a size zero, but if you are overweight, shedding some of those extra pounds will take some of the strain off of your joints.  Try adding more low-impact exercise – like walking or swimming – to your daily routine. If your joints are already sensitive, you don’t want to do anything high impact, like running, because that impact can make the pain even worse.

Dr. Sharon Plank made some recommendations over at WebMD for foods and supplements that can also help with joint pain. Here are some of the highlights:

  • glucosamine and condroitin
  • green tea
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • vitamin D
  • omega 3s
  • calcium

Do you suffer from chronic pain? What’s worked to give you temporary or long-term relief? Let’s share more ideas in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:19AM PST on Nov 6, 2013

Thank you for all the information.The article is indeed very interesting and informative.I have been suffering from a stiff neck and lower back pain for quite sometime now.having a stiff neck and back pain is becoming a part of our lives.These aches usually keep me away from activities,which I would otherwise like to participate in.I enjoy cycling and playing tennis.As both are strenuous exercises,the pain sets in and at times becomes so acute that it simply becomes unbearable.This is when a friend suggested that i should consult a chiropractor who will certainly be able to help me.

8:07PM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

thanks!

7:33AM PDT on Aug 19, 2013

thanks

12:44PM PDT on Aug 18, 2013

też cierpię na chroniczny ból (rzs, fibromialgia i te rzeczy), i niestety do bólu trzeba się przyzwyczaić, staram się nie brać środków przeciwbólowych, chyba, że już nie mogę wytrzymać

3:58AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Hello, nice article !! Back ache is a common complaint in today’s time. Any one busy in own schedule, house hold cores; bike riders, sedentary job seekers etc have complaint for back pain. It is not only limited to back pain but can radiate till neck and lower lumber area. Experts suggest major reason for back pain is sedentary life style and faulty postural habits. To know more about Home Remedies for Back ache . Visit :http://www.justforhearts.org/home-remedy-back-ache/

3:19PM PDT on Jul 9, 2013

WOW...that's a lot to take in! thanks

11:12PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Fibromyalgia appears to be much more common now than in years past.

9:31AM PDT on Jul 8, 2013

Grazie.

7:25AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

I loved this info..especially the solutions section. I don't think I have chronic pain but I do get pain in the low back, neck and shoulders and joints to a moderate degree depending on the day.

3:36AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

I have had chronic pain for years as well as going into anaphylaxis for unknown reasons. I cut out all grains and pain all gone! Took me awhile to find out wheat is in a lot of beauty stuff like shampoo so if you have tried grain free and it didn't work look in your bathroom! Within a week I went from not being able to walk to running around the park! I am 36 yrs old! I have always had some sort of pain for as long as I remember but it got really bad about 10 yrs ago. I have been told by more than one dr that grains were not the problem but they didn't know what was! Also had at least 10 ER visits due to anaphylaxis I have seen a lot of drs!

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