Pain Management For Seniors

You may experience pain off and on during your lifetime. The pain that you experience can be due to a condition or disease. It may also be due to broken bones, arthritis, and other illnesses that effects movements. Pain differs for everyone and pain tolerance is also an individual thing. While some cannot tolerate pain very well others may tolerate pain excessively well. Because pain can be caused by so many different things there are several ways to handle the pain and go on with your day.

Exercise and Yoga can be one option of pain management. Some have discovered that if they exercise on a regular basis it helps them to be more flexible and decreases their pain. Yoga is a great alternative exercise that does not overwork the body and strain the muscles. It allows the person to flex their muscles and that makes it easier to move around. If you don’t exercise regularly you may feel tight and tense all the time. This will make you more susceptible to pain. You can look in the local papers or call your local health clubs to see when the next yoga exercise class will start so you can join.

Over the counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen is just one of the many ways to control pain. Ibuprofen controls inflammation and can decrease your pain in as little as 15 minutes after taking a dose. There are other alternative medications that are available over the counter. You may also find that hot compresses can ease pain. It’s important to remember that you should never use extreme heat and if you use a heating pad make sure that you only keep it on the pain sight for about 20 minutes at a time. Moist heat is another alternative to try as it provides a nice even heat that does provide relief with pain.

Prescription medication is another alternative to pain relief. These are only available through a prescription from your doctor. The problem with depending on prescription medication is that they can be addictive and you may not be able to stop taking them once your pain subsides. Prescription medication has its advantages because it does relieve your pain for longer periods of time and quickly. The disadvantage of taking prescription medication is that you are taking a controlled substance and you have to take it at certain times. You cannot take any more than what is prescribed so if they pain medication wears off you cannot take anymore until it is time for your next dose.

Acupuncture is another alternative to pain control. Acupuncture is an age old practice that uses pins to apply pressure to certain nerve endings that control the pain. It is well known and can help relieve your pain on any extreme.

Managing pain is an individual preference and even through you think that you cannot deal with the pain anymore you need to look into all the options that are available and try them to help manage your pain and live your life they way it should be.

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