Pain relief is a common problem in our society. We have all met someone in our life who has or is currently seeking some form of pain relief. There are so many causes that finding a single treatment can be difficult, if not nearly impossible. You or others in your life may have a medical condition. You may have a chronic injury that gives you problems. Pain can even result from psychological problems. Regardless of your reasons, it often takes a variety of various approaches to managing the symptoms.
What Is Chronic Pain?
Medical practitioners classify pain in two ways: acute and chronic. Acute pain is any pain which is short term or temporary. Acute pains are generally considered to last no longer than 3-6 months. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is described as any pain lasting longer than that or any pain that has become a permanent fixture in your life.
Some known conditions that cause chronic pain include:
- Cluster headaches and migraines
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Sciatica and back pain.
Not knowing the cause does not make the pain any less real. It just makes it harder to treat and manage. If you are experiencing pain, you are always advised to see a doctor first. They will be able to investigate the problem and determine how to best treat it.
Pain Relief and Management
Chronic pain can be debilitating, making it hard to find pain relief. If you experience pain on a regular basis, you are most likely already on medication and possibly a few other alternative forms of therapy. It is important to participate in pain management as doing nothing can make your symptoms worse. Inactivity can cause your body to stiffen up, which can result in a loss of strength or worse. Pain can affect your sleep and your mood. Regardless, pain management is important. Without it, it is easy to let the symptoms of your chronic pain become issues within other spectrums of your life.
Along with general pain management, remember to listen to your body. Overexertion or a lack of activity can make your symptoms worse. We should never give up doing all the things we love to do. That defeats the point of living our lives to the fullest. With chronic pain, however, you have to find a balance that works for you. Do the activities you enjoy, just be sure to be mindful of what things activate or relieve your pain. You might find something that helps you in your own daily activities as well, such as walking, yoga, and swimming. Your doctor may also prescribe some form of physical therapy.
Pain And Hypnosis
It is also important to look at one other thing when we are considering pain relief options and pain management. We have to remember the link between the body and the mind. Research has found that stress and anxiety are common in those with chronic pain. These feelings can even worsen the sensations you are feeling. Therefore, reducing stress and changing negative thought patterns, can make an immense difference in pain relief.
For this reason, hypnosis is a wonderful tool to use along with your other pain relief therapies. Our goal isn’t to convince you that the pain doesn’t exist. That would not be healthy as pain serves the purpose of letting us know that something is wrong within us. However, as pain can sometimes be a habitual overreaction of the nervous system, hypnosis can be beneficial in dismantling that habit and other negative thought patterns that may be affecting your pain levels. The goal is to change these thought patterns to more positive ones, so that your mental perception of the pain isn’t increasing the physical sensations.
Putting It All Together
Chronic pain and its relief is a very diverse and complicated issue. It is one that requires time and patience to overcome. It takes support and a variety of methods to treat. Chronic pain may never have a quick solution, but its management can mean the world to your quality of life.
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