Pain is often thought of as the brain’s way of telling us something isn’t right, using the sensation of pain as a message. While this is true in most cases, scientists have discovered that with chronic pain, it may be the message that is the problem.
One way to view chronic pain is to think of a fire alarm going off, telling you your kitchen is on fire. Imagine that you have put out the fire, but the alarm continues to ring. This is what happens with chronic pain, even though the injury (fire) has been eliminated, the pain (alarm) continues.
It has been well documented that our minds have a stronger capability than we know, so the following mind techniques may be able to help sufferers think the pain away.
The act of meditation looks to focus your attention on one thing (not the pain), which should help to distract...