Engaging in low-impact exercises, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, can help improve circulation and reduce stiffness and pain.
Stress can exacerbate CRPS symptoms, so learning stress management techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation can be an effective way to manage pain.
Practicing good sleep hygiene, such as establishing a regular sleep schedule, avoiding stimulating activities before bed, and creating a comfortable sleep environment can help improve sleep quality and reduce pain.
Eating a balanced diet can help reduce inflammation and promote overall health and well-being, which can help manage CRPS symptoms. It may be helpful to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet, while avoiding processed foods, sugar, and alcohol.
Applying heat or cold to the affected area can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy involves using a small device that sends electrical impulses to the affected area to reduce pain.
Practices such as guided imagery, meditation, and biofeedback can help manage pain and improve overall well-being.
Gently massaging the affected area can help reduce muscle tension and pain.
Using compression garments or wraps can help reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
Education and self-advocacy
Learning as much as possible about CRPS and advocating for yourself with healthcare providers can help you better manage your condition and get the treatment you need. Joining support groups or online communities can also be helpful in connecting with others who have similar experiences.