We often have patients ask what they can be doing at home in between their physiotherapy visits to help manage or alleviate pain. One thing we always provide is an easy-to-follow home exercise program to help continue the healing but for people who want to go beyond their home exercises there are a few things you can do everyday to give you energy and help you live pain-free.
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Drinking proper amounts of water each day is very important to maintaining good health! Drinking enough water keeps you well hydrated and therefore decreases muscle cramps, headaches, fatigue and constipation!
Mind your posture!
A lot of pain and inflammation can be avoided if you have correct posture. Proper posture in your spine, neck, shoulders and chest can help relieve chronic pain and pressure! If you are unsure if your posture is contributing to your daily pain, talk to your physiotherapist about learning exercises and stretches to correct your posture and strengthen your muscles.
Motion is lotion!
Moving is one of the best things you can do to help alleviate pain and recover from an injury. Don’t over do it though. If you’re feeling rough an easy walk or some simple stretches throughout each day will make a world of difference. Getting up off the couch and moving can help lighten your mood and give you a burst of energy. Be sure to ask your physiotherapist what activities are safe for you to do while recovering from your injury.
Sometimes we forget how important and healing it can be to breathe properly. I know we’re all breathing all the time, but there are different ways of breathing that can help your body recover from stress and pain. Throughout your day, stop for a moment and take a deep breath through your nose, fill your lungs with air until your belly protrudes and then slowly exhale through your mouth. Try to close your eyes and be present in that moment. You will feel an immediate difference!
If you have more questions on how to improve your pain and progress your healing be sure to talk to your physiotherapist at A Body In Motion Rehabilitation, we’re always here for you!