Pain occurs for various reasons. Pain can be a byproduct of overusing a particular part of the body, or it can signal an underlying disease or condition. Sometimes the wound is at the heart of the aches and pains.
Daily aches and pains may be considered a normal byproduct of aging, but that doesn’t mean that aging people simply have to put up with pain. In fact, everyday discomfort can be corrected with a few relatively easy techniques.
• To move. Lower back pain is common in adults and most often appears when individuals are between their 30s and 40s. Strength training and cardio exercises can remedy this pain because these activities increase blood flow and help build core muscles, which support the spine. The support can relieve the pressure on the discs in the back. Exercise will also build strength in other parts of the body and support the joints.
• Adopt good posture. Sitting and standing with optimal posture can help the body feel better. The body is designed to stand in a “neutral” position that stacks the pelvis, head and torso, according to DMC Healthcare. When the posture is out of balance, it puts excessive pressure on the muscles, leading to pain. Lowering your head or shoulders can also create unnecessary tension that leads to headaches. Good posture can alleviate this.
• Exercise more often. Some pain occurs during a first exercise or during a new activity. Allan H. Goldfarb, Ph.D., professor and exercise physiologist at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, says that when you do the same activity over and over again, your muscles will start to get used to it and the pain will be reduced. Don’t give up on exercise too soon, but include days off in your routine to give your body time to acclimate to increased physical activity.
• Get tested. Talk to your doctor if you have chronic pain in one or more areas. Such pain may be a sign of osteoarthritis, an inflammatory disease associated with aging. Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases can also cause aches and pains, leaving inflamed joints and tendons and a low energy body. A doctor can rule out these conditions or help you get the therapy and medications you need.
• Increase stretching and movement exercises. Incorporate stretching and movement exercises like yoga or tai chi into your daily regimen. These activities slowly stretch areas of the body and can improve range of motion and flexibility over time.
These are just a few ways to treat common aches and pains. Medical interventions, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and ergonomics assessments, and massage therapy can also help with aches and pains.