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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What is it that you do every single day without even thinking? Hmmmm, many of you will think of several things. Well let me put it another way. What ESSENTIAL thing do you do every single day? the answer is: We breathe. Yes we Breathe and yet most of us do not use our breath in a way that will help us. We breathe every second of the day yet many of us breathe far too shallowly. We hardly ever use the huge capacity of our lungs. Shallow breathing, that is, breathing into the top of your chest only, means your brain becomes starved of oxygen. This results, in an increase in your pain levels. Additional problems can be feeling tense and maybe increased risk of headache or other symptoms.
When you practice deeper breathing you will gain numerous positive effects.
- It helps your muscles relax.
- All the cells of your body will be fed with oxygen and regenerated .
- It increases and encourages the production of endorphins – your body’s own feel good hormones.
- Deep breathing has a calming effect on your mind.
- Most important of all – it’s the key to relieving your pain.
- To get the benefit from your breath, take Breath Breaks, throughout the day. It takes only a few minutes and is especially beneficial if you’re sitting at a computer or screen for any length of time.
- It’s important not to force your breath, simply take gentle, normal breaths that go deep into your abdomen.
- A helpful addition is to say to yourself, as you breathe out: “Relax…” or “Calm”
- Really allow yourself to feel your body relaxing and letting go of any stress, any tension and any pain sensations. At our Pain Management groups you will be shown how to use your breath as a means of relieving your pain, how to take your attention to the place of discomfort and to very gently breathe out through that place. Use your breath it is always there to help you.!
Our pain management groups will help you to fully learn and practice this and other pain control strategies. Go Here: CALL DEE 07903456237 to book your place and find out more
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.