6 tips to decrease chronic pain during the summer season
Summer is the perfect time to get out and get active. If you experience chronic pain, it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy summer activities. Warm weather can oftentimes make pain worse, which is why it can be harder to stay mobile during the summer months. Thankfully, there are things you can do to help minimize your pain so that it doesn’t ruin your summer.
- Start with a stretch – Before taking part in any physical activity, be sure to stretch first, especially in areas where you experience the most pain. This will help prepare your body for all the activities you’ll partake in.
- Set your limits – It’s important for you to know what your body is and is not capable of. Don’t push yourself to go at a faster pace than you can, take necessary breaks, and give yourself enough time to rest. It’s important to know your limits and stick to them.
- Make sure to cool down – Changes in body temperature can cause pressure to your joints, so it’s important to find ways to regulate your body temperature. Avoid doing things when the sun is at its peak and always be sure to have access to an air conditioned room or fan.
- Drink water – Staying hydrated helps your body clear out inflammation that can oftentimes lead to pain. Avoid alcohol or caffeine or sodas, which can cause dehydration.
- Use extra support – If you’re walking for long periods of time, be sure to wear comfortable shoes with extra support. You can even consider bringing along a walking stick. Walking sticks can provide extra support to reduce pain.
- Talk to your doctor – Before going on vacations and trips, talk to your doctor. It’s important to come up with a care plan that will help you during your time out of town. Your doctor should help you determine what activities you can do and which ones you should avoid.
Don’t have a doctor? Our medical director and pain medicine specialist, Michael Drelles D.O., can help. Learn more about how the Straith Interventional Pain Center can help you reduce your pain and increase your quality of life, so you can enjoy all the summer fun.