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Take Control of Chronic Pain To Keep Moving

By Sandy Schroeder

If you have ongoing pain that sometimes stops you in your tracks, there are better answers out there. When pain interferes with your life, it's time to look for better ways to turn everything around.

Doctors Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen took a look at the mobility solutions that help to fight chronic pain and win recently and came up with a group of strategies.

Refocus Your View

How a person sees chronic pain can make a huge difference in what happens. If you or someone in your family is dealing with pain such as knee or lower back pain, the tendency to become immobile can happen.  One thing leads to another, and immobility can take over.

Penn State University researchers found people with knee osteoarthritis tended to move less if they became overwhelmed by the fear of immobility.

Researchers found a third of the people with chronic pain tend to be intimidated by its power, but a positive attitude can help them dial down the worrying and move ahead.

Put a Positive Spin On the Problem

Doctors and researchers say talk therapy can lead to walk therapy.  Cognitive behavioral therapy can help an individual think differently about their chronic pain. Instead of catastrophizing the pain, they can start walking to gradually ease the pain and open the door to more activity.

The Arthritis Foundation also recommends aquatic exercises, strength building, low impact aerobics, and range of motion stretching.

More Ways to Cope

Choose deep breathing and meditation - Ease the tension and tightness that makes pain worse. Relax your whole body as you focus on your breath. Sit quietly and close your eyes as you concentrate on your breathing. As you inhale and exhale, feel the stress leaving.  Or make room for short periods of meditation in the morning or evening. Take a few minutes to just sit quietly and let your thoughts stream by unchecked. Later, when you go back to tasks, you may feel less pain and more mental clarity. Read more about meditation and consider taking classes to see what it can do for you.

Find ways to ease your stress - Worries, anger, and anxiety can increase chronic pain. Look for ways to let go of the stress. Learn to play an instrument, try mental imagery, resume favorite hobbies in the kitchen or the garden, reach out to stay in touch with friends and family, and distract yourself with new interests.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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