Reducing Chronic Pain with These 4 Healthy Lifestyle Decisions

BRD Sport’s mission is to ensure that pain doesn’t keep you out of the game. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain affects about 1 in 5 people in the U.S. Chronic pain is typically defined as pain longer than three months that does not respond to treatment. As our 100% made in the USA, latex-free, and durable braces provide you with targeted compression and ample support to reduce pain, there are also other remedies that you can incorporate into your routine that can help ease symptoms.  

Rest up! Get in an adequate amount of sleep every night. 

According to Pain Specialist, Robert Bolash, MD from Cleveland Clinic, “Pain worsens sleep patterns and sleep disturbances worsen the pain. It’s a vicious cycle.” The goal is to break the cycle to make sure the body has enough time to rest and recover. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, consider: 

  • – incorporating exercise into your morning or afternoon routine
  • – reducing your caffeine or alcohol intake
  • – setting a set bedtime and rewiring your circadian rhythm

Stress less! Incorporate stress reduction exercises into your daily routine. 

The American Institute of Stress lists 50 common signs and symptoms of stress. A bout of stress can throw off your respiratory, digestive, muscular, reproductive, immune, and central nervous and endocrine systems. Particularly with the muscular system, what happens is that your muscles naturally tense up to protect themselves from an injury when you’re stressed. Tight muscles can cause an onset of headaches, back, and shoulder pain, and general body aches. Try incorporating these three stress reduction exercises into your daily life: mindfulness / mediation, positive self-talk habits, and aromatherapy / essential oils.

Eat well! Incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods in your diet. 
The foods you put on your plate every day play a critical role in reducing inflammation associated with chronic pain. While sugary, processed foods exist in grocery stores everywhere and may be tempting, avoid temptation, and instead opt for anti-inflammatory foods. Anti-inflammatory foods often consist of lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fatty fish, and fresh herbs and spices. Building up an appetite from reading this? Check out these nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory recipes from Tasty Co. & EatingWell.

Move your body! Exercise & stretch. 

Chronic pain can leave many people bedridden, to the point where they often have trouble getting up to go to work and performing household chores. While BRD Sport recommends to move your body and exercise, keep in mind everyone’s body needs movement in different ways. For instance, someone recovering from an injury may need to do physical therapy and water aerobics, instead of strength training and high-intensity workouts. The key here is to listen to your body and what it needs. Incorporating simple exercises such as walking or stretching can help calm down overactive nerves causing chronic pain. 

BRD Sport provides orthopedic bracing for several conditions, including:  

  • -Tendonitis
  • -Osteoarthritis 
  • -Meniscus Tears
  • -Medial and lateral ligament injuries
  • -Post-operative trauma
  • -Muscle strains and tears
  • -Medial and lateral epicondylitis
  • -Tennis Elbow
  • -Golfers Elbow
  • -Arthritis
  • -Posttraumatic irritations
  • -& More!

If you’re looking for some additional relief in motion, check out for our wrist, ankle, knee, thigh, and elbow braces. 

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