Wellness and Nutrition

Wellness and Nutrition

When patients present with a chronic pain condition, we often attribute it to their age, wear and tear, or genetics, indicating that they could not avoid it. This is not always true. Sometimes pain is related to lifestyle choices or diseases that result from lifestyle choices. Patients can do more to minimize pain on their own by maximizing their nutrition and wellness. Many of need to be educated how. At Art Of Medicine Pain Specialists we concentrate on a few major areas to improve wellness:

Sleep. Most recuperation, rejuvenation and detoxification in the body is done during sleep. Poor sleep is a major contributor to chronic disease. Approximately 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic disorder of sleep and wakefulness. Disordered sleep hinders daily functioning, is associated with increased risk of injury and adversely affects health (increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack and stroke). Instead of more pills, I recommend techniques for better sleep hygiene, we evaluate you for sleep disorders and refer to our team of consultants when necessary.

Movement. A typical day for many of our patients suffering from chronic pain includes an abundance of bed and couch time. Physical activity hurts, but inactivity makes pain worse. Rather than telling pain patients to “exercise,” I show them safe movements. We start with modalities to ease pain and improve blood flow to our muscle, transition to moving throughout the day, and eventually end up with proper exercise.

Stress. Stress exacerbates pain, but you can control it!  I encourage patients to optimize their environments, removing toxins, conflict, noise, and clutter. I advise them to develop good social connections, which is important for emotional support. And I help you identify stress relievers that work for you. Example:  exercise, meditation, prayer or mindfulness.

Diet. Pain patients are often dehydrated and malnourished. Nutritional deficiency, usually resulting from unhealthy food choices, contributes to pain. Many of our dietary choices contribute to inflammation directly. Teaching patients how the body reacts to sugars, processed carbohydrates, and bad fats is a first step toward making healthier choices. When shedding pounds seems to daunting a task, we are licensed and trained to inform and prescribe medical weight loss plans.

Educating patients on how to live healthy and improve or prevent chronic disease is the first step to combatting chronic pain. Wellness can be a more effective treatment than pain medication, which sometimes causes additional discomfort and unwanted side effects. Contact us today to schedule a Wellness consultation and get back to living life on your own terms.