Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. While almost all of us will have to deal with pain at some point in our lives, for some it is a daily battle.
A study carried out by Deep Relief Gel (a topical pain relief treatment) revealed that 88.3% of us experience body aches, with 35% of us experiencing it every day. Back pain is said to be the biggest culprit, followed by neck and shoulder pain, joint pain and finally general tense muscles.
While you should always consult your doctor regarding chronic pain, the following tips can help to reduce pain naturally:
1) Gentle exercise – keeping your body moving with gentle activities such as swimming and walking will help to keep joints mobile and stretch out stiff muscles. Light exercise has even been proved to actively block pain signals to the brain, so get moving!
2) Deep breathing – when severe pain takes hold it is easy to panic and take shallow breaths. This can increase your anxiety and make the pain feel even worse. Try taking slow, deep breaths to calm yourself, ease tension and lessen pain.
3) Stay positive – when you’re dealing with chronic pain it is easy to fall into a downward spiral of depression. Keeping a positive outlook can increase endorphin production in the brain, helping to ease pain.
4) Get enough sleep – bedtime can be the worst time for chronic pain sufferers as symptoms worsen, making sleep almost impossible. Sadly, sleep deprivation can make the pain worse. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time to get yourself into a routine and practice relaxation techniques before going to bed.
5) Relax – Relaxation techniques including self-hypnosis and deep breathing can help to reduce the intensity of pain and will prepare you for a good night’s sleep. Try to include them daily to manage your symptoms.
Hypnotherapy can help to alter the way you perceive pain signals from the brain, reducing their intensity. To find out more and to find a hypnotherapist in your area, please see our Pain Management page.
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