Take advantage of the power of human touch: New research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that when you hold the hand of a loved one in pain, your brain wave patters synchronize as do your breathing and heart rates. That convergence may help some of the other person's pain go away.
Consider Non-Opioid Options
People who used opioid alternative like acetaminophen for back, hip, or knee issues got more relief than those who were prescribed opioids, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found. Opioid users also had about twice as many side effects and were at risk for addiction.
Keep on Moving
If you're concerned about stiffening up as you age, don't avoid working out, embrace it. A study in the journal Pain-revealed that older adults who stayed active were better able to process pain in their central nervous systems. That's important because a drop in pain processing can put people at risk of developing chronic pain later in their lives.