HEALTH

Try a few of the following options and see what works best for you

Release your inner endorphins

Endorphins are the natural pain killers produced by your body. They work by binding to the opioid receptors in your brain to block the perception of pain. Spurring increased production of these natural hormones can substantially help reduce your pain, as well as produce profound feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.1 While any activity that gets your blood pumping for a sustained period will release endorphins into your system, check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. See How a Physical Therapist Can Help with Exercise

Find support and understanding

Unlike a broken leg or other obvious sign of injury, chronic pain is usually unseen. It is a profoundly personal—and often lonely—experience. If this is the case for you, we encourage you to find people who can be supportive and understanding and you can read more about natural Pain relievers. There may be a chronic pain support group in your local community or hospital. Or you may prefer to interact online. You may get started with a local or online forum seeking help, and then go on to find that you have a lot to contribute—and helping others is also a way to help yourself.
Visit our Back and Neck Pain Support Group on Facebook to find online support

Enjoy the outdoors

10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure a day can help the body produce vitamin D. While some studies have found vitamin D supplementation can help reduce chronic pain2, other studies have not and more research is needed.3 Regardless, being out in the sunshine can boost your mood and may also promote better immune function.4
See Calcium and Vitamin D Requirements

Soak in warm water

Soaking your body in warm water can alleviate many forms of muscle pain and muscle spasm, as well as various types of arthritis. There are many options for a warm soak, including a deep bathtub, whirlpool tub, or warm pool for water therapy.