Happy New You
Happy New You
The New Year is the perfect time to re assess your priorities and plan to do things differently. If you have been suffering from chronic pain for some time and have tried endless ways to address it, you are probably feeling frustrated and isolated. It may be time to step back and re assess your pain from a different perspective and separate yourself from the pain:
Seek professional advice
If you have not done so already, speak to someone who specialises in pain management and treatments. Manipulation or massage can help reduce stress and relieve tension. It is also being used by people living with all sorts of chronic pain, including back and neck pain.
It can be a difficult and lonely time for anyone who is suffering from chronic pain. Most of us like to have control of our body and understand what is happening. As a result some people can be affected by stress, depression or anxiety which in turn can in fact impact on the chronic pain. It really can become a viscous circle that is difficult to break so it is even more paramount to take action as soon as you can.
Did you know that negative feelings like depression, anxiety, stress, and anger can increase the body's sensitivity to pain? It is therefore important to learn how to take control of stress in ways such as listening to music, imagery releaxiont, exercise or massage.
The power of the mind
It has been proven that some simple holistic techniques can help some people who are suffering with chronic pain:
- Deep breathing and meditation are techniques that help your body relax, which may help to ease pain.
- Use techniques to help shift your pain signals away
- Use music or images to help you focus on sounds or counting techniques.
- Understand the power of your mind and using it to distract you away from the pain
Find a support group
Finding a group in your area for people who are going through a similar situation can really help any lonely and isolated feeling that you may have. Sometimes being surrounded by people who are going through similar experiences can make you feel welcomed and understood. Often groups such as this share advice, tips and personal experiences that you may be able to learn from.
Relax, stretch and strengthen
We run Pilates classes within the clinic for the very reason that Pilates can be a great pain relief and control. Pilate’s emphasises controlled breathing and stresses the importance of smooth, quality, flowing movement to help you have control over your body and become in tune with its needs. Increased strength in other areas and the re focus of your mind can help alleviate your pain. It is always important to use an experienced and knowledgeable Pilate’s instructor who has the full history of any condition so that movement are tailored to your needs and levels.
Eat and sleep
Sounds obvious but your diet and quality of sleep can play a huge part in your state of mind. Ensure your diet is nutritious by including fruit, vegetables, protein and essential fats and try and achieve 7-9 hours’ sleep each night. Ensure your sleeping environment is calming and remove any gadgets, clutter, lights or sounds that may impact on the quality of your sleep.
Conserve your energy
If you are suffering with chronic pain, over doing it can actually drain your energy and possibly cause a greater impact the following day. On the days where it is a little easier, it is essential that you do not get carried away but instead try and slow down and take it easy.
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