I want you to get healthy in 2019 and take a break from the pain. This is why I’ve put together a list of practical health and wellness tips. These tips will get you started in the new year.
Whether you suffer from chronic pain or intermittent pain, taking proactive health and wellness steps now is key. The right combination of steps, in fact, may have you feeling better before spring!
To Get Healthy In 2019 Find the Root Cause Of Your Pain
True health and wellness calls for healing and not concealing. In other words, the cure for your knee pain is not a pill that masks the ache intermittently. It is not a cream or an ointment. Healing demands getting to the reason you have pain and eliminating this reason—halting or shutting it down altogether.
If you’ve resolved to get healthy in 2019, start with discovering why you’re in pain, and find a doctor who is willing to tackle the reasons head on. Not a pill. Not a temporary bandage. I suspect you’ve already gone this route with medications and are ready to make a change.
Health and Wellness Requires Movement
I would never advise you to start an exercise program without the consent of a doctor. But I do advise you to get consent!
The right exercise does the following, which manages pain:
- Promotes weight loss
- Improves circulation
- Improves stamina
- Strengthens muscles to better support bones
Having said that, it’s important to know which exercises will specifically target your pain. It’s not enough to dive into a program or set aside time for swimming throughout the week. In fact, the wrong exercise can worsen pain.
With a visit to Winchell Chiropractic & Wellness, I can help you choose the best exercises to target your pain.
Healthy Habits For A Healthier You
What you eat can directly influence your pain levels. Health and wellness calls for consuming what is good and healthy.
According to a recent article published in Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School), the following foods cause inflammation and contribute to pain:
- Fried foods—french fries, deep fried chicken, etc.
- Processed meats—bologna, hot dogs, etc
- Red meats
- Refined carbohydrates—pastries, donuts, white bread
- Soda—or drinks loaded with sugar
- Shortening—lard, margarine, heavy oils
Harvard recommends adding these anti-inflammatory foods to your diet, which help combat pain in the end:
- Fatty fish—salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines
- Fruits—berries and oranges
- Green leafy vegetables—spinach and kale
- Nuts—almond and walnuts especially
- Olive oil
Before you make any changes to your diet, always consult a doctor, but avocados and other veggies are simply good for you!
Smoking directly affects several pain conditions and makes the pain worse. These conditions include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, neuropathy brought by diabetes is exacerbated by smoking.
Smoking narrows blood vessels, which leads to inflammation over time, and then pain! Additionally, if you change your diet and start to exercise, smoking undermines these health and wellness measures!
Treat Your Spine Like The Big Deal That It Is
Most people see their dentist when they have a toothache. They see their endocrinologist to keep their diabetes controlled. However, spine health, which contributes to overall health, is sometimes ignored until pain sets in.
Vow to have your spine assessed and get healthy in 2019!
If you’re ready to take charge of your health and wellness and get healthy in 2019, call my office to schedule an appointment or book an appointment online.
At Winchell Chiropractic and Wellness, I believe in rooting out the cause of your pain and setting you on the road to good health!