A healthy lifestyle is important to keep muscles and joints strong and flexible which can reduce the chance of having joint and muscle pain. Research has shown that obesity, smoking and physical inactivity are linked to inflammation and pain in muscles, tendons and joints. So making changes in these areas can help improve and prevent pain. It is also important to consider your mental health. Being in pain can affect your mood and can sometimes cause anxiety. Equally, your mood can affect the pain you feel. There is lots of support out there to help you with physical and mental wellbeing, follow the links below for more information.
- NHS Live well (links to an external website)
- Keeping Active and Healthy (links to an external website)
- Coronavirus – guidance and patient information (links to an external website)
Did you know your GP practice has a social prescribing service?
Social Prescribing is a free and confidential service within your practice. It can help you to have more control over your own health and find ways to improve how you feel in a way that suits you. A social prescriber is someone you can talk to confidentially who is practical and helpful and will not judge you. You can make an appointment with your social prescriber link worker through your GP practice.