Having chronic pain can be debilitating. You may often feel as though you cannot enjoy your life or participate in activities because your pain is just too great. Unfortunately, chronic pain is a symptom of many different health conditions, some of which cannot be easily treated. Yet there is no reason to allow chronic pain to control your life. Here are three popular strategies for coping with chronic pain.
Many researchers believe that becoming truly relaxed in body and mind helps stop pain receptors in the brain from receiving signals from the nerves. In many different types of chronic pain, relaxation techniques can often help minimize your pain and help you feel better. Relaxation training is not necessarily as easy as it sounds, but once you learn how to completely relax it will be a game changer.
Visual Imagery and Distraction
Visual imagery is when you visualize a happy scene or memory. Not everyone has an easy time with visual imagery, but there are a lot of videos and sound files available that will walk you through the visualization process until you get used to it. Visual imagery is one way that you can relax your body and mind and take your mind off of the pain.
Distraction techniques may seem too simple to work, but researchers have found that distraction really does help lessen pain. When you are thinking about your chronic pain it is more likely to become worse and affect your everyday life. But when you distract your mind, even with something as simple as watching your favorite movie or reading your favorite book, you are no longer thinking about the pain and you will notice a decrease in its intensity.
See Your Doctor
If you have chronic pain and the cause has been undiagnosed or untreated, it is important to see your doctor. Your doctor can work with you to determine the cause of your chronic pain, and additional treatments may be possible to lessen your pain. Physical therapy, acupuncture, and other treatments for pain may be viable depending on the cause of your chronic pain.
If you are experiencing chronic pain and need relief, contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment.