Pain Relief Tip 4

Reduce your Stress

Stress is a major cause of increased muscle tension. It stands to reason that this will have a direct effect on your pain levels. Tight muscles are painful.  So concentrating on reducing your stress, automatically has an effect of  reducing muscle tension and your pain. Stress, as i’m sure you are aware, saps your energy and reduces your ability to cope with the pain.

Fight and Flight.

This is the  stress response, and it produces adrenaline which prepares your body to deal with any perceived threat. Either you stay and fight or you run away from the danger.  The adrenaline is designed to be used when you take physical action. This response is an inbuilt genetic response designed to keep us safe and isn’t usually necessary in our modern daily lives. How often have you come across a Sabre Toothed Tiger on your way to work or the shops?!  Due to our modern lifestyles and socialisation the unrelieved stress that gnaws away at us during the day, and the build up of adrenaline,  often remains there, undispersed, causing all the unpleasant symptoms of stress including increased pain.

It is important to know yourself.  What are your known triggers for stress? They are different for everyone.

  • Cancelled appointments or being late for one.
  • Arguments with work colleagues or family issues
  • Children misbehaving.
  • Extra bills coming in or lack of money.
  • Your computer playing up.
  • Technology: From unsolicited sales calls, internet going down etc.
  • Becoming anxious, angry or depressed due to feeling out of control
  • Too many requests for your time.
  • Health issues and Pain flare-ups.

Some of the best ways to deal with stress are to STOP, BREATHE, and unhook from the thoughts that trigger the feelings. Speak to a friend, take some time out.  Its important to acknowledge your thoughts and feelings and then recognise how you are feeling in that moment and say to yourself ‘it will pass’. Focus on what you can and are capable of, rather than on what you cannot do. These strategies and more are covered in our Pain Management Groups starting on the 10th October in Newcastle. Please go here. OR CALL DEE ON 07093 456237 To find out more and to book your place. Have a great day.

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Pain Relief Tip 3 Relaxation

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.

Go Here:   to find out more and begin to take control of your life once more. OR CALL DEE 07903456237

Pain Relief Tip 1 Pacing

How are you this morning? Is it a good one? Are you focussing on how you are going to get through the day, and if that Chronic Pain will overwhelm you once again?  Todays Tip will help you to manage your discomfort and get you through the day in an easier way.

Imagine that you are stood in front of a mountain and you have to climb it to get to the other side. As you look at its height it feels like a huge undertaking! Now just imagine that you are looking down at your feet, and you focus on each  small step.  You forget the mountain you are just aware of your feet as you put one foot in front of the other. You can stop, you can rest, you can alter your body position, you can plan how long you will walk and how long you will rest.  So you’re first Tip of the week is: PACING.

Pacing: is about creating a balance between doing too much and making the pain worse and doing too little and being totally inactive.  When you Pace yourself correctly throughout the day you recognise when its time to stop before the pain rises and therefore remain in control.

Spread out your tasks into smaller chunks.  Recognise when it is your time to stop and rest. You will know your own body so take the time to notice this.  Time your activity and then break it down so that you get it done without increasing the pain. Before you know it you will have reached the top of that mountain without any effort at all! Have a great day!

You can learn more about Pacing and other helpful ways to reduce and eliminate your pain by attending our Friendly small group sessions. Go Here. OR CALL DEE 07903 456237 for more information and to book your place.