While some pain is unavoidable, many causes of chronic pain can be reduced or alleviated altogether through simple lifestyle changes:
- Maintaining healthy and consistent sleep routines and managing stress are effective ways to bring much needed relief. Creating and keeping a balanced schedule and allowing time for rest is important. Dr. Cardamone can assist with identifying these triggers as they relate to your pain and help address them or refer you to a holistic minded expert clinician to more fully address these triggers if necessary.
- Regular exercise, even if it is a slow walk around the neighborhood a few days a week, releases important endorphins to keep both your mind and body healthy. Take the stairs instead of an elevator. Stand instead of sit. Take your dog for a walk. Play catch with your kids. You will notice your energy slowly increasing, and you will start to feel better with little extra effort. Dr. Cardamone can help guide you through what activity level is most appropriate and at the appropriate pace while taking your pain needs into account, but she believes exercise is a powerful form of medicine and is critical for ultimate recovery regardless of pain level and even very simple, low impact changes can be incorporated safe and effectively into most treatment plans.
- Likewise, making careful and healthy choices when it comes to your diet, including eating food that is low allergen, anti-inflammatory, minimally processed (if processed at all), will go a long way in terms of reducing your pain and improving your physical health. ‘Food is thy medicine’ as Hippocrates wisely said! Dr. Cardamone will review your current eating habits and diet and determine if changes are recommended to further facilitate pain relief. If your diet is particularly problematic and will require more significant changes, she will refer you to a functional medicine specialist, nutritionist, or holistic health coach depending on your needs.
- Drink clean water. And then drink even more clean water. The simple act of making sure you are sufficiently hydrated with filtered water goes far in terms of joint and intestinal health.