Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • January 2014
Written by  Advanced Pain Management

Your New Year’s resolution might help relieve pain, too!

Millions of people made a New Year’s resolution when the clock struck midnight and 2014 was ushered in. Many of those people likely made wishes centered on improving their personal health in some way — losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking and maybe even some combination.

Living healthier is a wonderful goal to pursue. Unfortunately, what might start with great ambition often wanes into another failed goal after a month or two. But there is one big reason you should strive to be one of the few who completes their New Year’s resolution, especially if it’s a goal for living healthy: it can help reduce your pain.

Losing weight

While many people want to lose weight to improve their appearance and gain confidence in themselves, shedding excess pounds can make you feel better physically, too. Excessive weight on a person’s frame can cause added strain on the knees and other joints, leading to pain and potential injury. Eating well-balanced meals that include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and dairy is important in supporting a healthy initiative.

Exercising

Physical activity not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also keeps your muscles strong and flexible. Enjoying winter activities like skiing and skating is a great way to stay in shape, but simple exercises like walking or snowshoeing can be just as beneficial and are easy on the joints. When it’s frigid and icy outside, you can always find a warm place to walk indoors, like the mall. In addition, stretches and simple floor exercises can also help you remain active during the winter. Exercises like planks, hip lifts and abdominal chair crunches can improve your core strength and prevent injuries.

Quitting smoking

Many people want to quit smoking because it’s an expensive habit that has been known to increase a person’s risk of getting heart disease, cancer and lung disease. Despite its analgesic properties, smoking can actually increase a person’s pain perception. According to recent studies published in Minnesota Medicine, smokers are more likely to experience chronic pain than nonsmokers. The study even found that smokers with chronic pain indicated that their pain was more intense than nonsmokers with chronic pain. Living life with less pain is an added bonus to quitting an unhealthy practice.

As 2014 begins, try to stick to your resolution, especially if it’s to improve your health. If you ever need a little extra motivation to lose weight, exercise more or quit smoking, remember that it might not only lengthen your life, but also lead to a life with less pain. Should you experience persistent back or muscle pain, a consultation with a family physician or a pain management specialist is recommended.


Advanced Pain Management is one of the largest pain management groups in the country, with 30 board-certified/eligible physicians offering the most advanced techniques for pain control. Advanced Pain Management physicians operate out of more than 40 locations in Wisconsin, including two area locations: 2595 Development Drive, Suite 150, Green Bay and 2700 E. Enterprise Avenue, Appleton. Call 888-901-PAIN (7246) for an appointment or visit APMhealth.com. Referrals are welcome, but not necessary. Most insurance accepted.

 

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