Strategies for Coping with Chronic Pain

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain. Coping with pain can be a daily struggle, with the discomfort keeping individuals from performing well at their jobs, or enjoying life with their families - much like with other types of chronic illnesses. Many times, the individual continues to experience chronic pain long after the illness that caused it has been cured, or the injury that brought it about has healed.

What follows are several strategies that individuals employ in an effort to cope with chronic pain. Some are physical treatments for pain, while other methods are psychological, but all provide relief against an enemy that can keep anyone from leading a productive, fulfilling life. All the meant to help the individual make it through tough periods of pain without having to use potentially addictive painkillers or other prescription medication.

Heat and Ice
To cope with pain, many individuals will apply hot towels or cold packs of ice directly onto the areas causing pain. Obviously, this method will apply more those who have chronic joint or muscle pain, but for those who do, it is a simple coping method that can bring relief for hours.

Braces and muscle supports
For severe joint pain, braces and supports can restrict movement of the problem area – thereby reducing pain. There are situations, as with the lower back, where this method is not recommended, as unused back muscles will actually weaken over time.

The ancient Eastern practices of acupuncture and acupressure have provided pain relief for centuries. Carefully placed needles stimulate nerve endings which release endorphins.

Massage therapy helps ease pain by loosening knots in the muscles and enhancing blood flow around the body. Like acupuncture, massage therapy has been used for centuries to provide relief to those suffering from a variety of pain-related ailments.

Biofeedback training
With biofeedback training, the individual learns how to control certain aspects of their bodily functions, which are monitored and recorded by a special machine that provides feedback. This gives the individual a chance to work on “problem areas” such as pain-points or other areas of concern.

There are two types of hypnosis used as a pain management device. First is post-hypnotic suggestion administered by a professional to convince the individual at a subconscious level that they are not in pain. The other is self-hypnosis, in which the individuals hypnotize themselves as a form of relaxation and stress-relief.

While therapy does not treat the pain itself, it does help individuals overcome the depression and other negative feelings associated with the pain – thereby making it easier to manage.

Relaxation exercises
Breathing exercises help individuals relieve tension in the muscles, which can help alleviate pain. Relaxation exercises also provide the individual with a sense of balance and calm, thus helping them cope with pain more effectively.

Moonview Sanctuary employs a unique combination of treatment methods to help individuals not only cope with pain, but overcome pain and live a healthy, productive life. Moonview combines proven-successful methodologies from the worlds of neuroscience and traditional holistic practices to provide patients with the most complete, well-rounded treatment available. Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about the Transformational Health programs.




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