Chronic pain can cause a person to suffer from multiple problems that exist beyond the actual pain aspect. Chronic pain can cause anxiety and make a person feel like they're losing control of their body -- which is the ultimate humbling experience.
Living with chronic pain is no easy task, but learning a few coping methods can help patients navigate their lives with less anxiety and more acceptance.
Though we treat patients who suffer from neck, back, and leg pain, we also deal with patients who suffer from chronic pain, and a large part of what we do is educate our patients and readership about ways they can live their best lives, which includes natural, at-home pain management techniques. Read on for 3 ways to cope with chronic pain at home, without resorting to prescription medication.
1.) Practice Meditation and Deep Breathing
There's a reason why monks are able to sit in extreme temperatures and never break their meditation. It's because the mind is a powerful tool. Meditation can help reduce anxiety, and deep breathing techniques have been shown to bring calmness to the mind and the body. A balance of meditation, deep breathing, and yoga (if you're physician permits) can all work as a wellness trifecta, helping reduce pain and mental clutter.
2.) Get with a Support Group
If you suffer from chronic pain, there are support groups who meet regularly as a way to communicate and spread information. These people will understand what you go through on a daily basis and may even have answers to some of your problems and questions.
3.) Chart Progress and Acknowledge Success of All Sizes
Keep track of the healthy things you're doing with your mind and your body. Invest in a dry erase board and log how many times you meditate, eat healthily, and do yoga. Set positive yet realistic goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. Having a positive frame of mind is key to successful pain management.
If you suffer from back, leg, or neck pain, schedule a consultation with Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. We have a long demonstrated history of treating many different types of pain the natural, holistic way.