Winter Self-Care Tips When You (or someone you love) has Chronic Pain
Winter can be one of the hardest times to deal with a chronic pain condition. Whether it is you or your loved one, the impact is felt by all. So, what causes this increased difficulty? It could be from changes in the weather, changes in activity levels, the stress of being indoors more, and the demands of the holiday season! Here are several ideas to help deal with the winter season:
Warm Your Body
First, stay warm! This may mean anything from wearing socks to bed, using a heating pad or microwavable hot pack to a space heater under your desk at work. Remember to be extra careful with heat especially if you have decreased sensation or neuropathies that affect your ability to feel temperature sensations.
Keep Your Body Hydrated
Next, stay hydrated. We all know about drinking plenty of water, but hydration also applies to our skin. The colder weather dries out our skin, so the daily application of a good quality lotion is a must. The massaging sensation of application can further loosen the muscles of the area you are applying the lotion to, and your hands!
Stretch Your Muscle Joints
Once you have warmed your body and lotioned your skin, try adding some light yoga or stretching. This can help ease tight muscle pain and cramping. It also improves circulation.
Take a Warm Bath
Soaking in a warm tub for thirty minutes, with added Epsom salts, helps to relax tight muscles. Try this in the evening, it may help you sleep. Add a weighted blanket for even better sleep!
Try CBD Products
At Ketamine Wellness Centers, we offer a full line of CBD products in our clinics and online. Our KetWell tinctures and lotions are great for easing pain and promoting relaxation and sleep. I use the KetWell Therapy Pain Relief cream almost daily to help ease the CRPS pain in my foot.
For more information and resources on winter self-care tips and chronic pain, connect with us or call 855-KET-WELL to learn more about how we can help you get the pain relief you deserve.
Christine Ryan is the Chief Clinical Officer at Ketamine Wellness Centers