Chronic pain affects people of all ages, but it can be a particularly difficult problem for seniors whose bodies have incurred many years of damage from worn cartilage and torn ligaments. Although there are both prescription and over-the-counter medications available for chronic pain, some seniors may prefer to supplement those treatments with more natural options. San Antonio home care professionals highlight a few of the more common holistic solutions for chronic pain.
Acupuncture is a needling technique that can naturally relieve some of the chronic pain your senior loved one experiences. In terms of cost, it can be an affordable alternative to surgery and still provide considerable pain relief. This works by activating nerve signals to the brain with needles, which produces endorphins and provides pain relief for the body.
Omega-3 Fish Oil with EPA and DHA
If your senior loved one is experiencing substantial pain, have him or her take a fish oil supplement with two to four grams of both EPA and DHA each day. This type of fat may help naturally reduce inflammation throughout the body and ease pain.
Your elderly family member may also benefit from hypnotherapy. A licensed hypnotherapist will help guide your loved one’s mind to an extremely focused mental state while calming the body into relaxation. While in this state, the part of the brain that processes pain is incapacitated, which allows your loved one to feel relief.
If your senior loved one has sore muscles or chronic arthritis pain, have him or her rub some arnica gel on any painful areas. A study of 204 people with arthritis in their hands found that when they used arnica gel for 21 days, it was as effective as taking ibuprofen for the pain.
Stress can intensify the pain your senior loved one is feeling. A range of relaxation techniques including meditation and guided imagery can help ease the negative effects of stress and reduce the pain.
Chronic pain can be disruptive and debilitating for seniors, which can prevent them from living full, productive lives during their golden years. If your senior loved one experiences chronic pain, arthritis or osteoporosis, he or she may benefit from San Antonio live-in home care or part-time care. Our trusted caregivers offer individualized, round-the-clock care for your family member and can help with daily tasks like meal preparation, household chores, medication reminders, and prescription pick-up. Contact Home Care Assistance at 210.495.6300 today for your complimentary in-home consultation.