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4 Tips to Alleviating Aches and Pains Quickly

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There are many factors that play a role in our daily aches and pains. But the good news is there are also several simple steps we can take to alleviate common aches and pains. Whether it is a sore back or an achy knee that gets you first thing in the morning, these simple tips can make a big difference in how you feel and tackle your day.

  1. Improve your pain threshold – Our bodies take a daily beating and sometimes you can have a good day where you may feel a little tired and others when everything hurts. Why is this? Your pain threshold can actually fluctuate quite a bit daily and everyone’s pain threshold is slightly different. A pain threshold is where the stimuli of inflammation and daily trauma to an area have elevated to a point where certain pain receptors are triggered. Many factors go into lowering your pain threshold, including lack of adequate sleep, poor nutrition, stress levels and breathing. By simply improving these factors, you can restore your pain threshold and thus not trigger pain receptors when doing daily activities.
  2. Stay hydrated – You should never feel thirsty. You should be drinking water many times throughout the day. When you are properly hydrated, your tissues are lubricated and can perform more daily tasks with less trauma. Water also flushes out the daily metabolic wastes that are produced. A build-up of metabolic wastes can occur when an area is under stress or injured. This will cause pain.
  3. Calm yourself – Your body has a self-regulating system called the autonomic nervous system. There are two parts to this, the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (more calming, digestion, reproduction, etc.). We experience stress and pressure everyday which keeps our sympathetic nervous system into overdrive. One of the simplest things you can do to de-stress is to breathe. Take time every night to lie on your bed and take deep breaths in for 6 seconds and out for 8 seconds. Place your hand on your upper abdomen to make sure that you are using your diaphragm muscle.
  4. Be physically active – Staying physically active helps improve blood flow, lymphatic flow, endorphin levels, serotonin levels and more. However, for many people, knowing where to start or exercising with an old injury or pain can be a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be this way and physical therapists are body movement specialists who can design a fitness regimen tailored to your goals and needs.

Try these simple tips to quickly relieve your pain and get back on the road to good health. If you are trying to bounce back from an injury or are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, Loudoun Sports Therapy Center can help you.  Call our office today at 703-450-4300 and schedule your personalized evaluation so that we can help you get back to the activities you want and need to do each day.