Mind/Body Therapy for Pain: January 18, 2017
Chronic pain can disrupt your life, but a new medical technique is teaching patients how to mentally control their pain.
Dr. Heather Auld, an integrative medicine physician with Lee Health, says through a series of breathing exercises, patients can teach their body to acknowledge the pain but diminish its intensity. “It’s a combination of tracing heart rate along with a breathing technique; deep slow breathing, along with changing thoughts in your brain.”
While an injury may be gone, the nerve endings are still firing causing the patient pain. Through the breathing techniques, patients can decrease how they perceive the pain, and the pain will actually become less. “Your brain is so potent. It has total control over your body; you just need to take advantage of it,” said Dr. Auld.
Other pain managers are medical cupping, which can help manage muscle spasms, and acupuncture, which can help with muscular or skeletal pain. “You can use it for not only pain, but for anxiety, and anxiety increases pain levels,” said Dr. Auld.
Patients can use the technique of their choice every day. In time, they will notice a decrease in their pain. “Everything needs to start with an anti-inflammatory diet. Eating your green leafy vegetables just like your mother told you,” said Dr. Auld.
Keeping a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can also help patients take control of their pain.
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