Medical treatment is the most obvious way to seek relief from pain, but it’s not the only way and has its own inherent issues. Many natural pain relief options have been proven to work, and most of them can be employed every day from your home. Although they are seemingly small changes, they can provide comfort and relief, and all together, they can go a long way in making life more enjoyable.

Rearranging Home for Chronic Pain

When you suffer from chronic pain, even small adjustments around your home can make a big difference. Try to relocate your bedroom and laundry room to the first floor to cut down on stair usage. Also, rearrange furniture so that there is a clear, direct path from room to room. Take note of frequently used items – such as glassware, the coffee maker, toiletries, etc. – and ensure the items are easily accessible. You may need to rearrange closets, cabinets, and shelves.

Safety precautions should also be considered in each room. A shower mat can make standing more comfortable and prevent falls. You may even add a shower chair. Also, place mats in front of kitchen or bathroom sinks. Handrails in the bathroom and down a hallway can be helpful. If getting out of the bed presents issues, place a cane next to it.

Cleaning Your Home

Perform small cleaning tasks every day to keep your home tidy so you don’t have a big cleaning day every week. Start the laundry as soon as the hamper is full. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, and always unload the dishwasher once the cycle is complete. Wiping down the bathroom sink after you brush your teeth takes less than minute but keeps the sink clean. Tidy living areas on a daily basis, and sort mail the same day you receive it.

When your home needs the occasional deep clean, it can be tiresome for chronic pain sufferers. Hire help or ask a friend or family member to help with these tasks. Likewise, while small gardening tasks are beneficial to your overall health, mowing your entire lawn or pruning a large amount of bushes can be cumbersome. Ask for help if you know these tasks will be too much for you to handle alone.

Water, Heat, and Ice

Going to the spa every day would be wonderful, but probably isn’t financially feasible. Luckily, many home therapies can ease muscle pain and spasms, as well as arthritis pain. Adding essential oils or Epsom salts can increase the benefits. If you have access to a whirlpool tub, the jets add even more soothing comfort.

Heat therapy is another way of easing your pain. You can use a hot water bottle, a gel-filled or bean-filled pack that is heated in the microwave, or an electric heating pad. Heat increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area while simultaneously suppressing pain signals. Combine aromatherapy and heat therapy by adding essential oils to the hot pack.

While heat works to soothe pain, ice can reduce the inflammation that's contributing to pain. Simply apply a cold pack or an ice pack to the local area of pain. Ice also acts as a local anesthetic that slows nerve impulses, which interrupts the pain signals.

Stretching and Meditation

Stretching every day benefits the spine, muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your body, which all work to support your frame. When these areas are stiff, it can worsen pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, it may take weeks or months of stretching, but overtime, you’ll see improvement and increased motion.

Meditation comes in many varieties. One form is guided imagery, which can help to diminish pain signals. Guided imagery can be learned using CDs or online videos. Another common method is to close your eyes while in a stationary and comfortable position and repeat a sound that is pleasing but lacks meaning, such as saying “som.”

Incorporating holistic therapies at home and rethinking your home space provide safe and natural relief options for chronic pain. While over-the-counter pain medicine and prescription opioids provide pain relief, they can create a physical dependency, even when used correctly, and aren’t ideal as long-term solutions to chronic pain. By implementing simple and effective solutions at home, you can gain control over your pain and work toward living a manageable life.

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