Wednesday, June 4, 2008

5 Tips to Relieve Joint and Back Pain Without Medication

5 Tips to Relieve Joint and Back Pain Without Medication
5 Tips to Relieve Joint and Back Pain Without Medication
by Lisa Copen

If you are feeling down and out because of the daily chronic pain don't let that be an emotional state you choose to live in indefinitely. Just a few little changes in your daily life can assist you to form clear positive thoughts to help relieve pain.

1) Before you head home from the doctor's office appointment, make a detour and stop at the pet store for a few minutes. Watching the puppies, kittens and even hamsters spinning on their wheels for just twenty minute will give you a fresh outlook on the day. Studies have given us lots of reasons to spend time with pets; they help our overall well-being, decreasing our stress level, improving our quality of health, and even facilitating our healing of surgeries more rapidly. Success has brought about a lot of pet therapy for handicapped people and the elderly and pet owners with chronic and terminal illness become individuals when there is a Fido in the house.

2) Start a collection of our favorite tunes. The new ipod is the size of a cracker and only $50 and holds 250 songs. Research has shown that listening to music for 20 minutes a day can reduce pain levels among older people suffering from chronic conditions. Studies have also proven beneficial effects of music listening on healing in children. Choose all your favorite songs that give you energy, inspiration, hope and the desire to get up and dance, even if it's just as you mop the floor.

3) Join some kids for video games. Results of study from Wheeling Jesuit University discovered that video games actually have the ability to distract someone's attention from pain, even children. An organization called Games for Health was recently been formed to build relationships between researchers, medical professionals, and game developers. Here they can share information about how video games will impact technologies even health care and policy. Don't be surprised if your physical therapist has you playing ten minutes of a Wii game like bowling or tennis.

4) Buy a coloring book and splurge on a big box of crayons. If you don't have children, odds are it's been years since you have felt the thrill of a freshly sharpened crayon in your hand. And you are no longer limited to coloring books you can find at your local store. Just about any topic online has coloring pages from American civil war coloring book pictures to wedding coloring books and leprechaun coloring books. And if your family needs a fund reminder, print out a handwashing coloring book.

5) Cut some fresh flowers from outside and bring them in your home. Act like royalty and put them in all the rooms, even a stem in your bathroom in a small bud vase. If no flowers are blooming grab a dandelion. Yellow has been known to provide relief from "burnout," panic, depression, and exhaustion. Fresh flowers blended with fruit and musk can quickly enhance your mood to being new and improved.

Coping with chronic pain is possibly one of the most taxing trials most people will deal with in their lifetime. But with just a few changes you can relieve a bit of the pain level and regenerate your joy. Despite not being able to have control over you illness, you can influence your atmosphere. Make it a cheerful one.

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