Managing Chronic Pain

Written By Laura Allen, President of Sales & Marketing, AHC Ventures, Inc on February 13, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 11-40% of the population lives with chronic pain, which is described as pain that limits your daily activities lasting for more than three months. While some people may have pain due to an injury or condition that they'll recover from, many have chronic pain resulting from debilitating and/or progressive conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other neuromuscular and joint conditions. In such cases, the patient can expect to deal with pain for the rest of their lives...not a pleasant proposition.

Chronic pain affects every facet of your life; not only limiting physical activities, but affecting you emotionally as well. Many people with chronic pain develop depression or other mood disorders. Anger, irritability, sleep disturbances, and difficulty concentrating are common responses to the stress of living with daily pain. 

While we're in the business of making pain relief products, we also recognize that in addition to using CryoDerm, there are other things you can do that can help you cope with living with chronic pain...we also realize that sometimes, that's a Catch-22. For example, exercise has been proven to be beneficial in helping to manage pain--but it's hard to motivate yourself to exercise when you're hurting. The best thing you can do is keep moving, but that doesn't mean you have to hit the gym or run a marathon. Gentle exercises such as yoga, t'ai chi, and stretching can work wonders. There are hundreds of free videos on YouTube about adaptive exercise...you can do yoga sitting in a chair, if that's all you're able to do on any given day. Walking is one of the best exercises in the world; it's free, and getting outdoors to breathe the fresh air can make you feel better. Swimming or walking in the water, or just floating if that's all you feel like doing, is very restorative. Water is as close to a gravity-free environment that we have on earth, and it takes the pressure off your joints. 

Mentally, learning to relax and focusing on something other than the pain can be a big help. Meditate, pray, practice deep breathing, learn biofeedback, write down things you're grateful for (and remember, there's almost always someone worse off than you), use guided imagery. Again, there are numerous free videos on YouTube of guided meditations for pain relief, letting go of stress, sleep improvement, increasing concentration, and other helpful topics. 

Massage therapy can be helpful to those in chronic pain from neuromuscular issues. Massage also reduces stress and anxiety. Let's face it; stress and pain feed off of each other. Lessening one can help lessen the other. 

Many physicians have traditionally prescribed narcotics for pain relief. The use of opioids is at crisis level in the US, and some people prefer less addictive treatment. Our REZUME is made from plant-based ingredients and is non-addictive. It helps break the pain/spasm/pain cycle, by supporting healthy anti-inflammatory and pain signal responses. If you're looking for an alternative, we encourage you to give it a try. CryoDerm's topical pain relief products are also plant-based, bring hours of relief, and are safe to apply as often as needed. 

Finally, do things to distract yourself from the pain. Work on a puzzle or that craft project that's been waiting for you. Read that book you've been meaning to get around to. Go to the movies. Socialize with friends and family. Visit a museum or go sit on a park bench. Do anything that will take your mind off of it for a couple of hours. Chronic pain is an interference in your life, that's for sure...but it doesn't have to define your life. 


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