May 28, 2015

Ways to Avoid Pain from Showering

Bathing can be difficult for chronic pain sufferers  especially for those with inflammation, nerve pain, mobility issues, or debilitating fatigue. Here are some solutions to prevent pain flares...

Pain from Showering

Evaluate Your Routine

  • Do you really need to shower every day? If you're limited physically, chances are you can go longer between showers.
  • Try sponge baths for areas that need daily cleaning.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo to deep clean your hair and scalp to go longer between washings.
  • Think of ways to shower faster (ex. reduce shaving or shave on different days, try outside of the shower).

Pick Your Best Time

  • Shower during the time of day least painful for you.
  • Plan rest time before and after showering.
  • Shower the day before important events.

Reduce Inflammation

Heat makes inflammation worse. If this concerns you, avoid baths and take steps to minimize shower effects:
  • Take anti-inflammatory medicine (ex. Ibuprofen) if possible.
  • Apply an ice pack before and after showering.
  • Keep water temperature near lukewarm, and rinse with cold water when done.
  • Direct water only where needed with a hand-held showerhead.

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    1. Hi!Thank you for sharing your information with others to help others. I have read in so many pain groups that many hate showering and some even to the point of not doing so. It is sad. There are many ways to do so safely and with less effort! Many aren't aware of the adaptive equipment available! Blessings!

      1. Thanks for your comment and support! I also regularly update my Pinterest board with adaptive equipment to help with various tasks difficult for those with chronic pain: