Welcome to your next Tip for Pain Relief. One of the best ways to help reduce feelings of pain is to ensure that you find time to RELAX. It’s a fact that when we are stressed or anxious it has a very real tangible effect on our body. Our muscles tense up and all that tension creates further stress and pain. The more you can practice regular relaxation and incorporate it into your day the less pain and discomfort you will experience.
There are several things you can do to help relax your body and one of the first things is to Slow down and take one thing at a time rather than attempting to do several things at once. You can practice several things that help you to build relaxation into your day.
Notice if you are clenching any part of your body. This is most noticeable in the Jaw and shoulders. Begin by relaxing the jaw by making sure your teeth are not together when your mouth is closed. Make sure to drop your shoulders, when standing and moving around, this also has the added effect of making you stand erect in the most comfortable position.
Deep breathing is another way to relax. So whenever you get a moment make a conscious decision to breathe deeply and allow the breath to go deep into the abdomen. Taking long slow breaths. Finally taking 10 -20 mins out of your day to sit or lie down and relax with your eyes closed is a wonderful way to stimulate your endorphins, the bodies own natural pain relieving chemicals.
You can learn how to incorporate relaxation, meditation and other pain relieving techniques at our regular Pain Management Groups.
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