For those suffering from chronic pain, it can be an affliction that touches every part of their daily lives. Chronic pain is characterized by long-lasting, dull pain, often with a burning sensation. Sufferers may have difficulty sleeping, carrying out household tasks, or any activities of daily living. Most importantly, chronic pain can wear on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of those it affects. Depression, lack of energy, and overall hopelessness are common sentiments felt by those who suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis. So what can you do, when confronted with them?
Mindfulness may help individuals reshape their conception of the pain they experience. Additionally, mindfulness has been shown to lower stress, and thus tension we may keep both in our minds and bodies. Daily mindfulness practice has also been associated with more regular sleep patterns and increasingly restful sleep. Though mindfulness is most often associated with silent meditation, there are various other practices known to relieve pain and quell suffering of all types. Some other variations include: walking meditation, mindful listening, loving-kindness practice, and writing meditation. Visit https://www.mindful.org/meditation/mindfulness-getting-started/ for more information.
Though it may seem counterintuitive to move or exercise when in pain, it has been shown that gentle physical activity may provide some relief to chronic pain sufferers. “Feel good” chemicals (called endorphins) are released by your body when you exercise, and they can improve mood and have an analgesic effect (pain relieving). Some examples of appropriate physical exercise may be stretching exercises, strengthening exercises like squats and biceps curls, as well as cardiovascular exercises such as walking or swimming. Of course, always consult with your physician prior to starting any exercise regimen.
Reach out to a health professional or pain specialist
As with any medical condition, it is imperative to seek care from a trusted health professional. Though the road to relief may seem long, there is a solution. Remember, back pain is not a condition, but rather a symptom of a greater problem. If you or someone you know is living with acute or chronic back pain, know that there is a solution. Learn more about how Microsurgical Spine Center can serve you in helping to find a solution to managing your back pain here or contact us at 243-841-8939.The Microsurgical Spine Center believes in a future without pain- and we are here to help you take back your life.