With colder weather coming, many of us are lacing up our hiking boots and pumping up those bicycle tires for some quality time outdoors. But for some, long-lasting body pain can stop us from staying active.
According to family physician, Dr. Jeff Habert, our muscles can become rigid and our joints can stiffen over time, bringing about pain. Read on to learn some helpful tips to help you manage your pain!
- Stay active: It might seem counterintuitive to combat pain with exercise, but low-impact activities like walking, stretching or light exercises can actually help manage pain and even increase strength and flexibility.
- Eat healthy foods: A well-balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D is critical as we age, but also has benefits for our muscles and bones. Calcium can help relax muscles, and comes from foods like nuts, dairy and leafy greens. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with muscle weakness and bone pain, so ensure you consume foods containing this vitamin, such as milk and yogurt fortified with vitamin D, and meat products including various cuts of pork, deli meats and fish. As if you needed another excuse to fire up the grill!
- Hot and cold: Ice packs can help reduce inflammation and ease pain, and come with the added benefit of helping you to cool off. When muscles are feeling tight, try applying hot packs or sit in a warm bath to relieve tension and soothe aching muscles.
- A hands-on approach: A combination of therapies can help address long-lasting body pain, such as physiotherapy and massage therapy. Medication is also shown to be effective and shows the best results when paired with these complementary treatments.
- Get relief: To help relieve your pain, try a long-lasting, non-prescription pain reliever. Advil® 12 Hour is a new option from the Advil brand that offers longer lasting pain relief. “Some of my patients tell me that they are tired of taking multiple doses of pain relievers in a day to manage their body, joint and muscle pain,” says Dr. Habert. “But just one Advil 12 Hour pill keeps working for up to 12 hours.”
These tips are suggestions. As always, consult your health care provider with any health concerns.