Pain Management Techniques

 One thing I’ve learned while finding ways to minimize and manage my pain is that an open mind is essential. When someone mentions relaxation techniques (visualisation, deep breathing, meditation, yoga etc.) don’t blow them off as foolish ideas. After all you’re there because what you’ve been doing isn’t helping enough. In other words; what have you got to lose?

I’ve always been open-minded when it comes to the advice given to me by those helping to manage my pain. Even if I didn’t agree at first. My view is that it couldn’t hurt to try, and that I would do whatever it takes to up the quality of my life. Now I admit that I don’t always remember to use what I’ve been taught. It takes practice before it seems more natural then forced. But I am and have been working on it.

The more I research and the more I’m taught the more I realize how extremely powerful the brain is in controlling our perception of pain. See, when you’ve been in pain for a long time it stresses not only the body out, but the mind as well. In a way your nerves are always on overdrive, and over sensitive. Your brain’s perception of pain and how to react to it is thrown off-balance.

I know from experience that sometimes when someone tries to explain this to you that you may get defensive. I’ve been there. You essentially feel like they are saying that it’s your fault that you’re in as much pain as you are. But that’s not at all what they’re saying. Your brain is programmed in a way that is so powerful that you end up unknowingly and subconsciously responding to pain in a way that is more harmful than otherwise. Think of your brain as a computer. You need to learn how to hack into it and reprogram it so that it aids you in your pain management. Be aware of your body and whether it is tense, be aware of your thoughts and whether they are negative. Try to reroute them in a way that is beneficial to you. Keep doing this and eventually it will take less and less reminding and become more natural.

This is called pain management because that’s what it is. You’re managing your pain so that you can function as best as possible in as little pain as possible. It’s not a cure, and by no means does it take away all of your pain. But it does make a positive impact.

I am in no way a pro at this yet. But I continue to work on it because I believe that it’s worth it. There’s so much about chronic pain and the brain that we don’t know about yet. This might be the key to healthy and effective chronic pain management. If you’re still skeptical think of it this way; at one point in time we humans thought that the world was flat. Back then we thought this was just the way it was and there was no way that it wasn’t flat. Well it turns out the world is round. So maybe -no matter how strongly you believe that pain can’t be treated naturally by working on the mind connection- you might just be wrong.

Remember, keep an open mind. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

{I am not a doctor. The above information is based on my personal research as well as the advice and techniques taught to me by professionals. Contact your nearest pain management clinic for more information.}

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work for it.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

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