Chronic pain is quite a common ailment amongst numerous individuals. People who experience chronic pain experience body pain for weeks, sometimes even months. Chronic pain is ideally defined as one which lasts for 3 to 6 months. Chronic pain affects your day-to-day life and your mental health. But need not worry as chronic pain can be treated with the help of exercise. It all depends on your state of health. Exercising can help in reducing inflammation in case of chronic pain. It can also help in increasing mobility and decrease overall pain, along with no additional medication. You can opt for a combination of cardio exercises along with some relaxation, stretching and strengthening exercises. If you do them regularly, your chronic pain can decrease substantially over time.
Following are some of the most effective exercises for chronic pain:
1. Cardio exercises
Cardiovascular exercises can be specifically helpful for people with chronic pain. They can be done anytime, anywhere and require no gym equipment.
Walking is an effective exercise for chronic pain. Walking for half an hour can help in increasing strength and endurance. Walking is also good for heart health. You can begin with slow walking and progress towards walking at a faster pace while also walking for longer distances.
2. Swimming and water aerobics
Swimming and water aerobics are effective exercises for chronic pain, especially for people who face mobility issues. They help in moving without adding additional stress to your joints and muscles. Swimming also therapeutic benefits and is a great way to clear your mind.
3. Relaxation exercise
Relaxation exercises are important for people who live with chronic pain. You can perform breathing exercises and visualization for dealing with chronic pain. You can lie on your back on the bed of floor. Place your hands on your belly and relax your shoulders and feet. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Make sure you release all the air. Feel your belly rise under your fingertips with each deep breath you take. Keep your body in resting position and continue breathing for some time. Repeat this activity every evening before bed time for getting rid of chronic pain.
4. Stretching exercise
Chronic pain in your lower back or neck can help in relieving tension and stiffness. There are a few stretching exercises for chronic pain which you can do at home. Lie on your back on the floor and try to bring your knees towards your chest. Wrap your arms around the knees and try to hug yourself. You can even rock side to side in case you are feeling a stretch through hips and lower back.
For giving a stretch to your butt, you can try the same stretching exercise for chronic pain by crossing your legs.
Then, you can stand or sit beside a door and raise your elbow above the shoulder. Stretch it on alternative sides. You can also rest your elbow against door jam and rotate the outside of your shoulder blade.
Turn your head away from the side and bend it to look down. Deepen the stretch gently by placing your free hand on the top of your head by applying very slight pressure.
5. Strengthening exercise
Strengthening exercise for chronic pain helps in stabilising joints and also reduces chances of injury. Having adequate core strength is important for people with chronic pain. You can do various core strengthening exercises which help in maintaining proper posture and balance. Exercises which work on abdomen, hips and back, can help in strengthening of core and improving your strength and stability.
Beware! These Daily Habits Can Ruin Your Hair
Flawless hair is a dream of every girl. Perfect hair can complement your look and make you look perfect in no time. You might have tried multiple shampoos and hair care products to maintain your hair health. But there are certain habits which can unknowingly ruin your hair quality as well as quantity. Hair fall is the most common and noticeable consequence of these bad habits. So, from today do not spend a huge amount of money at the salon to take care of your hair. All you need to do is give up these bad habits to keep your hair healthy. You can also prevent hair fall by avoiding these habits.
Worst habits for hair
- Over styling
Styling might be a compulsory part of your daily routine to look perfect all the time. But it is one of the worst habits which can ruin your hair. Use of flat irons, curlers or blow dryers can promote hair fall and also make your hair dry and lifeless. It can also promote hair fall.
- Poor diet
Not just your overall health but your hair also requires the optimum amount of nutrients as well. You must ensure that you consume essential vitamins and minerals to keep your hair strong. Intake of proper diet will make your hair strong, lustrous and thick. Vitamin E is extremely beneficial for your hair. Add foods like almonds, amla, fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Frequent shampooing
Overuse of shampoo can also destroy your hair quality. Frequent shampooing can make your hair dry and brittle. Try not to wash your hair more than thrice a week. You should also choose the appropriate shampoo for your hair type.
- Brushing your hair the wrong way
Along with the right brush, you need to make sure that you brush your hair the right way. You should start with dividing your hair into two-four sections. Later brush your hair from bottom to top gently. Another tip which will help you promote hair health is- never comb wet hair. The moisture makes the hair follicles weak. So if you comb your hair wet, the stress of the cob breaks the hair easily.
- Poor iron intake
Iron is an essential nutrient required for healthy hair. Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of hair fall which people usually ignore. Iron promotes hemoglobin productions in the blood. Hemoglobin promotes hair growth and repairs the cells of the scalp. You can add food sources like leafy vegetables, tofu, beans, lentil, cashew or whole grains to your diet.
Alcohol causes significant harm to those other than the drinker: Study
People who are in close proximity or connection with alcoholics can experience harm because of their drinking, according to a study led by an Indian-origin scientist.
According to the research, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, an estimated 53 million adults in the US experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking in the last 12 months.
Researchers led by Madhabika B Nayak of the Alcohol Research Group in the US analysed data of 8,750 adults who answered questions from two databases in 2015 — the National Alcohol’s Harm to Others Survey and the National Alcohol Survey.
They found that some 21 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking.
These harms included threats or harassment, vandalism, physical aggression, harms related to driving, or financial or family problems, according to the study.
The specific types of harm experienced differed by gender. Women were more likely to report financial and family problems, whereas ruined property, vandalism, and physical aggression were more likely to be reported by men.
There is “considerable risk for women from heavy, often male, drinkers in the household and, for men, from drinkers outside their family,” the researchers said.
Additional factors, including age and the person’s own drinking, were also important.
People below 25 had a higher risk of experiencing harm from someone else’s drinking. Further, almost half of men and women who themselves were heavy drinkers said they had been harmed by someone else’s drinking, the study stated.
Even people who drank but not heavily were at two to three times the risk of harassment, threats, and driving-related harm compared with abstainers.
Heavy drinking was defined as drinking five or more drinks at a time for men or four or more drinks for women at least monthly.
“Control policies, such as alcohol pricing, taxation, reduced availability, and restricting advertising, may be the most effective ways to reduce not only alcohol consumption but also alcohol’s harm to persons other than the drinker,” Nayak said.
Ditch the difficult diet for healthy living
Fitness is very important. But any drastic change you make in your lifestyle will not be sustainable.
According to celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija, it is important to give up a difficult eating pattern as a difficult diet will not help.
“If you need to make permanent change, small tweaks will help you attain the goal. Only small tweaks and lifestyle hack will actually show the change. Keeping in mind the basic diet and healthy eating habits will help. Eating less doesn’t help but eating right does,” added Makhija, who came in support of the anthology “Healthy Binge” which will air in June on Sony BBC Earth.
She has shared some basic fitness tips:
- Never eat large meals in large gaps. Eat every 2 hours and in small quantities.
- Don’t do extreme physical activity. Do timely exercise and periodically.
- Never compromise on eating as it differs from person to person. The quality of the food is extremely important but the quantity is not.
- Consume water. Eating food is important but ignoring water will ruin all the efforts. Having water time to time is very important for the proper working of your body.
- Having a balanced diet is extremely important. Don’t go with trends but learn to eat balanced food that will help in the long run.
At the moment, she is working on her third book which “describes what to eat and what not to because a millennial should know their diet at very early stage”.