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Health Tip: Coping With Chronic Pain

-- Chronic pain persists for longer than six months. Besides pain medications, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of additional treatment options:

  • Physical therapy, including stretching and strengthening exercises.
  • Low-impact exercise, including swimming, biking and walking.
  • Occupational therapy to learn how to change daily activities to avoid making pain worse.
  • Behavioral therapy, such as yoga and meditation, to increase relaxation and decrease stress.
  • Lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, getting plenty of sleep, eating a proper diet, and getting enough exercise.
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Posted: August 2007