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The Importance of Friendships0

The Importance of Friendships

The Importance of Friendships is the seventh in a series of ten articles from the book, Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert Hoffman The Importance of Personal Friendships Among Women In our lives, we have special people who we regard as...

Managing Pain at Work0

Managing Pain at Work

Managing Pain at Work. The sixth in a series of ten articles from the book, Pain Management by Robert Hoffman. Tips to Manage Pain While At Work If you have been a member of the workforce for quite a while...

Crying is a Release. Not a Weakness. Why women cry.0

Crying is a Release, Not a Weakness.

Crying is a release, not a weakness. The sixth in a series of ten articles from the book, Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert Hoffman. Women Cry to Express Many Different Feelings and Emotions ‘Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the...

Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress. How relationships affect us.0

Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress

Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress is the fifth in a series of ten articles on women’s emotional health from the book Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert C Hoffman. Relationship Problems and Emotional Distress Personal relationships make up a big part...

There are many reasons that senior citizens experience physical pain. It could be due to an accident, trauma, or chronic illness. It can also result from exertion, especially if it is more than the body is currently used to performing. Many seniors reduce their physical activity and range of motion as they age, and physical effort can cause discomfort or pain. Most people, regardless of their age, want to be as independent as they can be. But this may prove to be difficult for seniors, especially those who are in pain. Seniors run a higher than average risk of experiencing side effects from all kinds of drugs. These include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. These medications are not recommended for people with liver, kidney, and heart problems, which are common afflictions for the elderly. Certain drugs may also interact with the medications that a senior is already on. But all this does not mean that pain cannot be managed. Aside from taking prescription drugs, engaging in pain management exercises could also give the elderly the relief they need. Preventive Physical Activity Engaging in physical activities on a regular basis is a proven approach to managing chronic pain and is commonly recommended as a complementary treatment to pharmacotherapy. This is especially so for treating and preventing pain among older adults. Although preventive physical activities are important, seniors who are suffering from chronic pain won’t be in the mood to exercise. It is hard to be motivated to engage in physical effort when even the thought of it causes pain! However, refraining from exertion will worsen the problem in the future, so it is important to recognize that today’s discomfort will provide relief in the future. Hard as it seems, think an athlete – “short-term pain for long-term gain!” The good thing is, there are a few gentle exercises to improve health and lessen the ongoing pain. Walking People who are suffering from chronic pain can often improve their condition by walking at least half an hour, three to five times a week. Those living with chronic pain may feel that moving will only make the pain worse, but that’s not the case. Researchers say that gentle exercises like walking can help reduce pain by improving the stability of the joints, boosting the body’s natural opioid production, and reducing stress. Exercises like walking help strengthen the muscles that aid in joint stabilization. They help lubricate the cartilage, which depends on nutrition from movement, since it doesn’t have a blood supply. Walking promotes the flow of joint fluid, which distributes nutrients to the cartilage. Walking can also increase the body’s production of natural opioids, which help decrease pain but without the risk of addiction. It also helps relieves stress, which is a known contributing factor to becoming more sensitive to pain. Stretching Stretching is often overlooked when it comes to managing chronic pain. It can reduce pain, and it also helps the body become more flexible and mobile. Doing it right and regularly can help reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion. It helps improve blood circulation to the joints and muscles. Stretching encourages better joint alignment of the shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. When starting a stretching routine, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. It should be done at least once a day. It should be pain-free and that means the body should not be forced into difficult positions. Do the stretches slowly and hold them for as long as possible to help the joints loosen up. Stretch the whole body even if the chronic pain is only confined in a single area. Don’t forget to breathe deeply and to relax your body. Deep Breathing and Relaxation Relaxation helps recharge the body and calm the mind. It is important for people who are suffering from chronic pain. Pain, whether acute or chronic, puts more tension in the muscles, which results in more pain. This pain tension cycle can be broken by helping the body relax. There are several forms of relaxation, including deep breathing. Find a warm and quiet place. Make sure you are in a comfortable position and wear comfortable clothes. Listen to your breathing and breathe through your nose. Place your hands over your stomach and feel it rise and fall while breathing. Relax your muscles and start taking slow and deep breaths. As you breathe in, imagine that you are inhaling peace. As you breathe out, imagine you are exhaling the pain and tension away. Swimming Those with arthritis will find it challenging to exercise. Swimming offers pain relief and helps these painful joints to move. Less pain is experienced because water helps take off the weight that puts pressure on the joints. In case swimming is not possible or simply not liked, another option is water aerobics classes. Taking Action Many studies have shown that engaging in physical activities can help with pain management among seniors and can also protect them from the development of chronic pain. Any sedentary time that is swapped out for exercise, no matter how light, will be of benefit. Pain is nature’s warning so it is important to determine what the real causes are. It is imperative to consult a medical professional first before taking any over-the-counter medications or engaging in any pain management program.0

Pain Management Exercises for Seniors

Pain Management Exercises for Seniors. The fourth in a series of ten articles based on the book, Pain Management, by Robert Hoffman. Pain Management Exercises for Seniors. Things you can do to reduce pain There are many reasons that senior...

Emotional Health and Body Image0

Emotional Health and Body Image

Emotional Health and Body Image. The fourth in a series of ten articles on Women’s Emotional Health from the book, Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert C Hoffman. Negative Body Image Can Affect a Woman’s Emotional Health Body image refers to...

How to Reduce Painful Inflammation. Reduce inflamation pain naturally.0

How to Reduce Painful Inflammation

How to Reduce Painful Inflammation. The third in a series of ten articles based on the book, Pain Management by Robert C Hoffman. How to Reduce Painful Inflammation Inflammation, also known as swelling, is our body’s natural response to an...

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