Tips For Fighting Chronic Pain Without Medication
Chronic pain is something chiropractors see on a regular basis. Whether that pain is in the back, the neck, the foot, the arm, or anywhere, chiropractic is based on anatomical principles that can help provide real relief. Regular chiropractic treatment is essential to beating conditions of chronic pain. In the meantime, here are some ways you can take your mind off the pain and embrace life.
Meditation has been proven to lower pain and stress levels a great deal, when done on a regular basis. Many people find that meditation helps them focus on things besides the pain, thus freeing them up to be productive and effective. Also, meditation requires good posture, which impacts pain by relieving the strain on overworked muscles.
Another great way to take your mind off chronic pain is to practice visualization techniques. Visualizing your “happy place” although it sounds cliché, can actually make you feel better emotionally and therefore physically as well. Try to visualize somewhere you feel most at ease. Think about all of your senses in the process. What are you seeing? Do you hear anything? Are you eating or smelling anything? Are you by yourself or with others? The more detailed the visualization, the less focus you put on your pain.
Controlled breathing can be a part of both meditation and visualization techniques. Learning to center yourself through breath can help with circulation, brain function, and focus. Try taking a deep, slow breath in through your nose, then exhale our the mouth. Repeat several times, and remember to watch your posture.
Simply trying to be more positive can impact your overall pain levels a great deal. Research shows that a positive outlook can lead to a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. So make a list of the things you are grateful for. Call up the funniest person you know and have a good laugh. Enjoy a sunny day outdoors. Mental wellness impacts physical wellness, so get your mind right and the body will follow.
Music listening can provide a nice reprieve from constantly focusing on pain. Music has a big impact on mood, and mood has a big impact on motivation. The more motivated you are to get healthy, the better. So when struggling with chronic pain, turn on some upbeat tunes and think positive.
Another great way to get your mind off pain is to write. Write all the things you are thinking and feeling. Get your frustrations out on paper. Doing so has been shown to relieve pain and even improve immune function!
If you are experiencing chronic pain, consult with your chiropractor today to start experiencing results and to develop a holistic plan of action that is personalized for you.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: 12 Mental Tricks That Fight Pain by Amanda Gardner