3 Simple Ways to Manage Chronic Pain
Everyone experiences pain. Although it varies and fluctuates in time frames, it is still a part of the human condition. However, some people experience pain more acutely and for more extended periods than others. If this sounds like you, it may be worth exploring counselling services for pain.
At The Family Psychology Place, we house a team of highly trained and qualified psychologists. Moreover, we may be able to provide alleviation of your aches through our chronic pain counselling services. But there are many ways you can get a handle on your chronic pain; here are a few to consider –
1. Therapy Techniques for Chronic Pain
Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks (3 months) despite treatment or medication. Most people return to normal after an injury or surgery. But for some, their pain continues. Typical culprits of chronic pain include arthritis or neck, joint, and back pain.
Here are some ways to better manage your chronic pain with the help of a professional.
At The Family Psychology Place, relaxation techniques are a part of our chronic pain counselling program. Our program offers specific techniques to help you alleviate your persistent pain. Here are some techniques you can try in the comfort of your own home:
- Diaphragmatic breathing: This breathing exercise is a process which helps you relax. It focuses on converting fast, anxious breathing to more calm, tranquil and deep breathing – similar to when you’re asleep.
- Meditation: A 2018 meditation study indicated that long-term meditation could alter brain structure. The consequent shift in cortical density in specific brain regions can reduce your susceptibility to pain.
Exercise releases endorphins, the brain’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals. These hormones produce a positive and uplifting emotional state within the body. Our psychologists can offer techniques and exercises to keep your mind and body mobile to ensure you continue releasing endorphins, which will help alleviate discomfort.
We also offer distraction strategies to divert attention from the hurt and discomfort you’re experiencing. Some of these distractions might include time spent outdoors, doing creative projects, or spending time with loved ones.
2. Social Connection
Social connection is vital. Stay connected with others by regularly making time for friends and family. Your social circles can help you remain resilient when managing chronic pain or anxiety. As a result, spending time with such people can completely revamp your life. In addition, retaining an active social life can make you happier and open doors for new relationships.
In addition, a 2019 study found that people with more social connections reported less severe pain.
3. Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle
Chronic pain can last weeks, months or even years. Moreover, it can impact your day-to-day life and could cause depression in more extreme cases. First, try to uncover the cause and treat it. If that’s not viable, the next steps may include remedies, medicines, and lifestyle adjustments.
Here are a few ideas to change your lifestyle and better manage your chronic pain:
- Take it easy on your body
- Consume healthy and nutritious foods
- Keep an exercise routine
- Sleep 6 to 8 hours a night
- Limit alcohol intake
- Drink enough water each day
- Quit smoking
- Join a chronic pain support group in your area
Other Treatment Options
Coping measures alone may prove to be insufficient. If the pain persists despite such efforts, further treatment may be necessary.
Therapy is an effective form of treatment for chronic pain. Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one such form of treatment.
At The Family Psychology Place, our psychologists can help improve your mental health via cognitive behavioural therapy. We can help you adjust your harmful thinking habits and behaviours to manage setbacks healthily and positively.
Next Step: Get Help for Your Chronic Pain Today
You don’t have to suffer through chronic pain; help is available. At The Family Psychology Place, our expert team of therapists and psychologists are trained and ready. If you need professional assistance, contact us today to see how we can help alleviate your chronic pain.