When you hurt, it’s hard enough to walk to the bathroom, never mind trying to incorporate long, detailed, strenuous ‘fix it’ solutions into your daily schedule. The suggestions below on what to avoid and what to do instead, are simple things you can do to lessen your chronic pain, and they’re fairly easy to incorporate into your life.
Avoid: Sleeping on your stomach. You may have been doing this since you were a baby, but sleeping on your stomach puts a great deal of strain on your neck, shoulders and low back.
Instead: Sleep on your back or side. When sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees, which will decrease pressure on your low back. When sleeping on your side, you’ll find it comfortable to place a pillow between your knees.
Avoid: Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time. If necessary to sit longer; take a five minute standing or walking break every 30 minutes. Also, avoid standing in one position for a long period of time.
Instead: Exercise regularly as your body will permit. Walking is good for the entire body and, unlike swimming; it’s a weight bearing exercise and strengthens your bones.
Avoid: Cold packs if you have poor circulation.
Instead: Take a sauna or soak in a warm bath, shower, Jacuzzi or whirlpool.
Avoid: Driving/sitting in a low sports car. This places pressure on your low back and knees as you try to squeeze in and out of the seats. Also, the seats themselves are often constructed more for looks than for physical comfort.
Instead: When in the car, sit on a pillow so as to bring your knees level to your thighs. Place a pillow behind your back so as to straighten your head back over your shoulders.
Avoid: sitting in badly constructed chairs and sofas.
Instead: Sit in an ergonomically designed chair, especially if you need to be seated for a period of time, such as at your desk at work.
Avoid: Bad body mechanics. For example; do not life or carry objects while bent over, using your back as the means to do the lifting.
Instead: Use good body mechanics. For example; if you must lift an object off the floor; bend into a squatting position keeping your back as straight as possible and lift the object close to your chest. Then use your stomach muscles to help you stand back up.
Instead Of Lessening Your Chronic Pain, Why Not Just Get Rid Of It?
While it’s wise to incorporate the above suggestions into your life, it’s important to understand that they are not permanent solutions.
The only real solution is to locate the source (cause) of your chronic muscle and joint pain and then follow a therapy that’s specifically designed to effectively treat the source of your chronic pain.
Chronic muscle and joint pain is often caused by two inherited, abnormal foot structures -the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
Instead of trying to lessen your chronic pain – why not just GET RID OF IT! Find out if you have one of these two common foot structures and consider permanently eliminating your chronic pain through Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy. Doing so will most certainly be one of the most fruitful resolutions that you’ve ever made.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain