Pain Awareness Month
Many Americans suffer from constant aches, pains, and discomfort in their everyday life. September is “Pain Awareness Month.” The goal is to raise awareness on the issue of chronic pain and pain management. It is our hope that with some helpful tips and innovative products, you will be able to feel a sense of relief. Some of the common conditions that our products target include: Sciatica, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Migraine Headaches, and Chronic Fatigue. Check out some of these preventative measures to help reduce your symptoms.
Sciatica is a term for the pressure or pain felt in the lower back and legs, usually caused by a pinched nerve or a herniated disc. The pain will course through the sciatic nerve, which runs the entire length of the leg. In some cases, these symptoms will fade away as the pinched nerve or herniated disk recover, but this can take months or years. For many, it is a debilitating condition with long lasting chronic pain.
- Maintain “good” posture
- See a chiropractor to help with back pain
- Acupuncture has been known to help people with pain relief
- Use good body mechanics (lift heavy weight with legs, not back, etc.)
- Regular moderate exercise. Too much exercise can make things worse!
- Use TRP’s Sciatica Therapy product for temporary relief from discomfort
Fibromyalgia is characterized as widespread pain and tenderness in the joints and muscles of the body. While there is not a single cause of fibromyalgia, many researchers agree it is usually caused by physical and mental stress over time. It can also be attributed to decreased levels of serotonin in the body. Unfortunately, fibromyalgia cannot be cured or prevented. The best action to take is to spend time preventing flare-ups and increased symptoms. Some tips on preventing flare ups include:
- Getting enough sleep. An adult needs 7.5-9 hours per night to function at their highest ability.
- Reduce emotional and physical stress
- Acupuncture can give temporary relief
- Get regular exercise. Be careful, too much exercise may increase symptoms.
- Eat a balanced diet. Eating healthy will always help you feel your best.
- Use TRP Company’s Fibromyalgia Relief to reduce pain.
Arthritis is a broad term that refers to inflammation or stiffness of the joints. Arthritis is an informal term, and includes over 100 different types of joint disease. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis. Some of the causes for arthritis are predetermined (i.e. old age, family history, gender, etc.). There is no cure for arthritis, however there are some steps you can take to help reduce your symptoms.
- Eat Fish. The omega 3’s and fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in the body, which is good for your swollen joints!
- Be conscious of your weight. Every 10 lbs. over weight equates to adding 30-60 lbs. of additional force on your knees. This is especially true for women, who are 3-4x more prone to osteoarthritis.
- Stretching, aerobic exercise, and strengthening physical therapy can greatly help.
- Avoid injury. Injuries tend to accelerate the deterioration of your joints.
- Use TRP’s Arthritis Therapy to help with pain and discomfort.
Migraine headaches can simply be described as very intense headaches, often times accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, as well as feelings of nausea. Migraines can be very painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, there is not a single cause of migraines, as they are dependent on the person and their triggers. Medications, certain foods, stress, lack of water, lack of sleep, allergies, and changes in the weather all have the potential to cause a migraine. Here are some tips to help avoid and alleviate migraines:
- Track your triggers. If you get a migraine, record when it happened as well as potential causes (i.e. what you ate, your activities that day, etc.).
- Treat your allergies. Migraines are 2-3x more common in people who suffer from allergies.
- Eat and drink. When we fast our blood sugar levels dip, activating the region of the brain that tells us to eat. This part of the brain is closely linked with migraine headaches.
- Use TRP company’s Migraine Headache Therapy to help alleviate the pain of a migraine.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Chronic fatigue is a term used to describe prolonged exhaustion that does not subside with sleep or rest. Typically, the exhaustion is to the point that it becomes difficult to complete daily tasks. To be classified as chronic fatigue, the symptoms must be present for at least 6 months and not be linked to any current medical conditions. There are different causes of CFS as well as different symptoms which means that people will need different treatment plans for their particular case. Here are some general tips to help get you on the right path:
- Improving sleep habits. Consult with your doctor about possibly using sleep medicine or avoiding caffeine to make it easier to sleep at night. Although you may be getting some rest, it is important you get the best sleep possible.
- Graded Exercise. Some studies suggest that if you start with very limited exercise (even just stretching for one minute) and slowly increase the intensity and length of the exercise every day, over time you will be able to build up more endurance and energy. Be sure to not over-exert yourself! This can have the opposite effect you are looking for.
- Psychological counseling can also help. Often times CFS can feel very debilitating and controlling of your life. Talking with someone and finding new ways to deal with it can be a very helpful tool.
- Reduce stress levels. Emotional stress can take a huge toll on your body. Do your best to make your day to day life as stress free as possible.
- Use TRP’s Chronic Fatigue Therapy to help with symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, weakness and muscle pain.