Prevent Pain & Injuries

The best thing that one can do to treat pain is with pain-relieving products and treatment….but an even better thing is to prevent pain and painful injuries from happening in the first place.

Of course, accidents happen, and there are some things that you can do to

  • decrease your pain and injury rate
  • decrease your pain and injury severity

and these fall into a few general categories:

#1 Take Your General Health Seriously

If we did the basic stuff well, it can (and will) help us to prevent injuries and pains

Like comparing a healthy person who eats/sleeps/exercises regularly to a sickly/sedentary person, if they both had a fall, who do you think will have less injuries and pains?

Of course, it’d be the one who is more active, fitter etc.

So:

  1. Rest / sleep at least 6-8 hours daily.Adequate rest and sleep helps your body to repair itself (which decreases pains and injury rate) as well as gives you alertness, which can help you prevent accidents from occurring (eg a very sleepy person may not notice another person or a pebble on the floor and bump/trip and have a painful injury.

    Some stuff that can help you get better quality sleep includes:

    • High quality mattresses
    • Weighted blankets
    • Sleep supplements
    • Cooling clothing
  2. Hydrate adequately.When you’re hydrated, you rest/sleep better, are at lower risk of infections, your muscles won’t cramp up painfully, and so much more.

    I drink mainly filtered water by affordable Aquasana table top water filter (been using this model since 2014) cos there’s just so much chemicals and bacteria in unfiltered water. Boiled water has zero health benefits, so ultimately filtered water is the best thing for me cost and convenience wise.

    There’s this special and specific tech-powered water bottle too that will help prompt and remind you to drink that delicious H2O your body needs.

  3. Take high quality health supplements regularly.Our foods today are too quick and too empty in nutrition (due to the nature of commerce and lifestyle practices).

    We use a combination of Xtend Life’s flagship Total Balance Premium For Men and Total Balance Premium For Women (as well as many of their specialty health supplements) as well as other add-on like green drinks and apple cider vinegar.

  4. Breathe deeply regularly (ideally, all the time naturally) instead of the usual shallow or light breathing. This helps to regulate stress levels and muscle tightness, which increases with stress, busy-ness and strain. Start by doing  Slow Deep Breathing Exercises (SDBEs) by inhaling as deep as you can, slowly, over 3-5 seconds, and exhaling slowly, over 3-5 seconds. 10x per waking hour.
  5. Go for regular massage sessions will help you to relax tight muscles (tight muscles decreases your body’s flexibility and shock absorption, placing you in higher risks of painful injuries and sprains). You can also consider having massage chairs or massage devices in your workplace or home for convenience.
  6. Lose weight if you’re on the heavy side (overweight / obese). Most doctors and physical therapists will advise and can help you start a weight management / loss program to help you. There are a lot of solutions that can help you lose weight, including but not limited to
    • Home exercise regimes
    • Weight loss supplements
    • Intermittent fasting
    • Weight loss food recipesSee more in the #2 Get Fitter, Toner & Stronger section
  7. Get really good pair of shoes (or more) that fits you well, and customized insoles (a type of orthotics) to help absorb/disperse shocks better, which in turn, prevents injuries at the ankles, knees, hips, back and neck.
  8. Meditate (or at least sit still and slow down your mind) for at least 10+ minutes per day to manage stress and mindfulness.

#2 Get Fitter, Toner, Stronger Everyday (Fitness, Sports & Play)

  1. At the most basic level, if you’re already in pain and/or with injuries, you can consider going for walks (if it doesn’t cause you more pain). If you have a swimming pool, it’d be even better as water buoyancy helps offload weight whilst allowing you to exercise by swimming.
  2. You can consider having a stationary bicycle in your house – it takes minimal space and doesn’t put much impact on any of your joints.
  3. Once your basic strength and fitness is in place, you can consider upping your fitness level with:
    • Home gym
      • Treadmill
      • Strengthen equipment such as kettlebells, dumb bells, therapy/resistant bands
    • Personal training
    • Pilates
    • Yoga
    • Boxing
    • Stretching

#3 Ergonomic-Friendly Products

Ergonomic-friendly products are products that are specifically designed to absorb shocks, damage and prevent users from injuries. These include:

  1. Standing desks / sit-stand desk
  2. Jelly standing mats
  3. Sit-stand chairs
  4. Ergonomic keyboard
  5. Ergonomic mouse
  6. Raised platform for laptops or monitors
  7. Ergonomic chairs

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