For several people, the beginning of the year is a time for long lists of resolutions and improvements. Whether they’re hoping to lose weight, get fit, read more, or learn how to cook, making healthy life changes requires habits and routines and a solid plan. If you suffer from chronic pain, New Year’s is the perfect time to make a few simple changes to make 2016 a healthy and positive year.

The key to a healthy change is making little shifts over time.  Here are a few tips to reduce chronic pain.

  • Learn how to exercise then get moving!

A sedentary lifestyle is dangerous, particularly for chronic pain sufferers. Performing regular low impact aerobic exercise, such as walking, can help reduce inflammation, strengthen muscles, and provide accelerated healing. Total Health customizes exercise to your fitness level and creates a structured paln to achieve your goals.

  • Get enough sleep

Patients suffering from chronic pain typically experience sleep disorders as well. If you struggle to get adequate sleep, there are several steps to take to help you get to sleep and stay asleep. Meditation and relaxation techniques can help calm your mind. If that doesn’t help, consider taking natural sleep aids such as melatonin.

  • Eat healthier

Food can be a used as a powerful medicine to help ease your chronic pain.  Certain foods provide antioxidants, anti-inflammatory micronutrients, and beneficial health benefits. We recommend eating foods that help fight pain and inflammation, including ginger, leafy greens, garlic, olive oil, salmon, and turmeric.

If your New Year’s resolution is to reduce chronic pain, Total Health can help. Contact us today at 973-377-6327 to receive a free consultation.

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