Tips to prevent Pain

Updated at: Jun 18, 2012
Tips to prevent Pain

There is no single proven way to prevent pain. Some ways to prevent or reduce pain include being healthy, being at a healthy weight, doing exercises regularly, avoiding injuries and avoiding stress.

Dr Poonam Sachdev
PainWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Jun 18, 2012

Pain can be caused due to several causes such as injury, infection, cancer or simple headache. There is no single proven way to prevent pain, but some measures that may help to reduce or prevent pain include:

Exercise regularly: Regular exercises do not prevent pain, but they make you more healthy and fit. They increase the strength and endurance of your muscles and improve their function. Being fit and healthy reduces the risk of injury. Consult your doctor to know which exercises or activities are best for you.

Quit smoking: The risk of back pain (one of the most common types of pain in adults) can be reduced by quitting smoking. Smoking decreases the oxygen levels in the spinal tissues and decreases the body's ability to absorb nutrients, which slows the healing process.

Be at a healthy weight: Being obese or overweight increases the strain on the back muscles and other joints. It is a major risk factor for arthritis, which a common cause of pain in adults. For instance, if you have to stand for long periods of time, try to take some load off your lower back by placing one foot at a time on a low footstool or if you lift something heavy, avoid strain on your back and let your legs do the work.

Eat healthy: Eating a healthy diet, which includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain products, does not prevent pain by itself. It makes you healthier and decreases lifestyle related diseases, the risk of falling ill and other diseases.

Avoid injury: Injuries are a common cause of acute pain.  You may decrease the risk of injury and pain by taking protective measures. For instance, if you do skate boarding or cycling, wear proper protective gears such as helmets, knee and elbow guards.

Avoid stress: Stress and pain are often related i.e. both of them have an impact on the other, creating a vicious cycle that sets the stage for chronic pain and chronic stress. Managing stress is an important part of getting pain relief. According to many experts, relaxation can be a powerful pain reliever. Many experts suggest meditation and yoga as a potential remedy for chronic pain.




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