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How to Mentally Manage Pain

We can all agree that pain isn't really a walk in the park. It can cause us to lose sleep, motivation, and focus, and may even lead us into depression. If you've suffered from chronic pain or from long bouts of pain due to an injury or sickness, then you have probably worn out many, if not all, possibilities for pain management. But what if I told you that you could potentially manage your pain with only your mind? 

Janice M. Singles, Psy.D., of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, says, "Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis can learn mind-body techniques to assist the body and mind in relaxing. This generally reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, allowing the immune system to be better able to fight off illness." Here are some ways that you can potentially ward of pain, mentally: 

Think about food. 

It may sound odd, but thinking about your favorite things to eat can possibly help to mitigate pain felt because of things such as menstrual cramps, headaches, and bruised bones because it distracts you from concentrating on your pain. The next time you need to, try visualizing warm chocolate chip cookies, a juicy steak, an icy glass of champagne, or whatever else makes your mouth water. 

Try meditating. 

Meditation may actually be one of your most useful tools in fighting pain. Recent studies have shown that it can reduce the amount of pain that an individual feels anywhere from 11 to 75%. However, it can be difficult for most people to maintain focus for extended periods of time. The good news is that, as with many things, practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the more effective it can be for pain management. Every day, practice closing your eyes and taking deep, controlled breaths from your diaphragm. Concentrate on the air filling, and then subsequently emptying from, your lungs. 

If you are looking for effective ways to manage your pain, being able to do so mentally is a great option. However, chiropractic care can also be an extremely handy tool at your disposal, as well. Your chiropractic practitioner may be able to help you to effectively reduce the amount of pain you are feeling through guidance and regular adjustments. Stop by The Joint for a consultation if this sounds like something that you would be interested in. 


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