Short videos presented by physiotherapists at Dal’s Physioclinic are now available. The first two are for neck stabilizer muscles and keeping a healthy back. Visit here.
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We may self-medicate or try treating our stress or physical discomfort by ourselves, whether it’s taking over-the-counter medication to ease a headache or enjoying a glass of wine after a particularly stressful day. However, when we regularly use alcohol, drugs (prescribed or otherwise) or certain behaviours, such as gambling, to deal with life’s challenges, we run the risk of abuse and addiction.
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The Chronic Pain Association of Canada identifies chronic pain as pain that lasts at least three months (past the point of a healed injury), intermittent (following a pattern), or persistent (lasting over 12 hours daily). It usually occurs due to an unknown cause, such as surgery or arthritis. Medicinal options should be discussed with your physician. We have found a list of non-medicinal options that could be tried to alleviate chronic pain.
- Massage: Having a friend or partner give you a massage when you feel anxious and before you feel pain can often be a way to provide relief.
- Exercise: This is a great way to build strength and endurance, as well as release endorphins – your body’s natural painkillers. Yoga, Tai Chi, and swimming can be gentle options that can relieve pain.
- Posture: Changing your work station to ensure that you are not straining your body can play an important part in pain prevention. Click here to watch Dalhousie University EH&S Office’s ergonomics videos for ideas.
- Topical creams: Topical analgesics may help alleviate pain.
- Hot or cold compresses: Opt for hot compresses for cramping or aching muscles (from exercise or a build up of lactic acid), and opt for cold when aiming to reduce swelling and inflammation from injury.
- Alternative therapies: Although there is debate in the medical community about the overall effectiveness of these therapies, some individuals have benefited from acupuncture, acupressure, and bio-feedback – all non-medicinal options that could potentially work for you.
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- Pain is the #1 cause of disability in adults in North America?
- Nearly 1 in 5 Canadians – 18 percent – suffer from chronic pain
This month is Pain Awareness Month and we will be posting weekly with ideas surrounding these important issues.
How-To Guide for Employees: How to Cope with Pain at Work
- Tell your boss: You don’t have to reveal the details of your health condition, but it’s important to let your boss know about your chronic pain so adjustments and accommodations can be made. It may be difficult for them to understand, and providing them with information about how it affects your ability to work may be helpful.
- Inquire about accommodation: Help can come in a variety of forms, from changing your workstation to changing your hours, sharing the workload, taking frequent breaks, or working from home. While you might not get all requests met, find out where there may be some flexibility.
- Keep a pain diary: Write down details, such as when attacks occur and what helps to ease them.
- Get co-workers’ support: Some work you’re no longer able to do may be passed on to colleagues. To reduce resentment, let them know you’re working hard, but are limited by your medical condition. Of course, you would help them when needed as well.
- Stay in the loop: If the pain forces long absences, remind your boss and co-workers that you’re still part of the team by checking in on work while you’re off.
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