Manage Your Pain Better in 2013

Health-Based New Years Resolutions

Did you make health-related resolutions a month ago? Think about it: 40-50% of Americans make healthy resolutions at the beginning of each new year, but most of these people fall off the wagon at some point down the road. You can be different—you can stick with your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and stay healthy but you need a plan and the simpler, the better.

What motivation is there to stick with weight loss throughout the year? If you can find the key to motivating yourself, you will find it much easier to stick out your resolution. One easy way to do this is to think of weight loss as pain management. This isn’t some kind of hokey mind trick that you have to play on yourself, it’s actually the plain and honest truth. That’s right, regular diet and exercise helps your body maintain optimum health and reduces chronic pain and the best part is, you don’t really have to do much. Losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult, just eat more fruits and vegetables, reduce your intake of red meat, sugar, and salt, and take walks a few times a week. Now, who can say that’s not a simple way to start out?

How is this going to help your body? When you keep your body balanced through diet and exercise, you prevent the strain of daily life from taking its toll on your joints and spine. For example, people considered to be obese are at a high risk for back and joint pain because the extra weight places increased pressure on these bones, even just during normal, daily activities. The ankles, hips, and knees support your weight all day, and if you burden them with extra weight, they will wear out faster. So, if you were to stay on a relatively healthy diet (don’t ramp up your diet too quick, take baby steps) and exercise, the weight will come off which will help relieve the pressure on your joints, returning you back to health and allowing you to stay healthier, longer.

Now, that’s what I call simple pain management.


Other things to keep in mind:

- Shedding just a few unneeded pounds will lower your blood pressure and reduce the amount of bad cholesterol choking your veins.

- Losing weight—even just 5-10% of your body weight—can eliminate sleep problems such as apnea and insomnia.

- Extra weight can prevent your body from protecting itself against unwanted diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

As you can see from above, extra pounds don’t add pain to your life just through extra weight. Extra weight can really affect your entire body, including your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, potential sleeping disorders, and even your immune system.

Extra weight can prevent you from having an overall high quality of life. If you are trying to learn new ways of pain management for chronic pain in your life, consider taking a step toward shedding extra pounds. Talk to your doctor or local Chattanooga chiropractor. You can also check weight and height charts online to see what your optimum weight should be. If you are over this amount, get to walking and changing your diet. Whether your New Year’s Resolution was to find better pain management or simply to improve your quality of life, simple weight loss is the perfect place to start.


Pain Management - Extra Steps

If you want to take more actionable steps for pain management and you live in Chattanooga, TN, I encourage you to read more about HealthSource of Chattanooga’s pain management philosophy. Visit our pain management page where you can learn about our unique approach to pain management and some of the benefits to you.

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