Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain is an epidemic, affecting over 100 million Americans. It’s a serious medical condition that can significantly diminish your quality of life.
Although chronic pain cannot be completely cured, there are a variety of treatments to reduce symptoms and enhance quality of life. These may include medications, therapy and lifestyle modifications.
Your pain may be the result of something in your body not functioning correctly or having been injured or harmed. Your healthcare provider can identify what’s causing your discomfort so they can formulate a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
Your pain may be due to a physical illness or injury, as well as emotional factors like stress, anxiety and depression. These types of discomfort are known as psychogenic (or “psychosomatic”) pain.
There are various methods to manage pain, such as mindfulness, relaxation techniques and medication. These may be taught to you by a medical professional or acquired on your own.
Sensory splitting and dissociation are powerful techniques that can distract you from your pain by focusing on other parts of yourself or the environment. You can use these techniques at work, during a social activity, or even just before bed.
Exercise can be beneficial for people suffering from chronic pain by strengthening the muscles that cause them discomfort, improving moods and distracting from it. However, it’s essential to pace yourself when engaging in activities or exercises so as not to cause further injury.