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Top Tips for Treating Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Top Tips for Treating Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Living with chronic pain can be frustrating and extremely exhausting for both the individual and any caregivers. Simple activities become difficult, the pain is hard to manage, and medications can come with negative side effects. Here are some tips for elderly individuals when it comes to treating and managing chronic pain. 

1. Give Acupuncture a Try 

Originating in China, acupuncture is a form of treatment where very thin needles are used to prick the skin to help relieve pain. It helps with a wide variety of physical disorders but also emotional and mental battles like anxiety and depression. Not only can acupuncture help relieve some of your chronic pain, but it can also put you in a better mental state. 

2. Yoga or Pilates 

Slow movements that increase strength and balance are great for overall body support and pain reduction. Plus, signing up for a local Pilates or yoga class is a great way to promote a sense of community with others in the class. If preferred, classes like this can be taken in the comfort of your own home by following along with a video online. 

3. Go On Long Walks 

Walking is a great way to decrease joint stiffness and lower blood sugar. It’s also a very enjoyable summer activity to incorporate while the weather is still warm. Whether you prefer solo walks or want some company, you can gather a group of friends or family to join you. Going on long walks frequently has been proven to reduce pain and even promote mental health. 

4. Prevent Further Muscle Loss 

One big cause of chronic pain in seniors is muscle loss over the years. Low-intensity bodyweight training is a great way to increase muscle strength and balance as well as maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be anything too complicated – simply work with what you have in the comfort of your own home by doing exercises such as chair squats and stair climbs. 

5. Get in the Water 

Traditional forms of exercise like bodyweight training aren’t possible for everyone, so swimming is a great alternative. Not only are you moving all your muscles and joints, but you’re doing so in a way that eases and supports the muscles and joints of the body without as much pressure. Swimming is known to provide softer and slower movements which allows the body to heal at a steady rate. 

Chronic pain can lead to a type of frustration that nobody can fully understand until they're dealing with it first-hand. Rather than living in a constant painful state, try one of these tips so you can reduce or even eliminate your pain. If you have any questions about the pain management products we offer or want to learn more about how we can help, feel free to contact us


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