It is common for patients with chronic pain to feel frustrated, angry or even depressed about their situation. There is a connection between the emotional and physical affects of pain.
One of the first things to keep in mind is that chronic pain must be treated from a combination of approaches. Oftentimes, combining treatments can bring about results even if the treatments have been tried separately before.
Understanding pain is important when learning how to deal with it. The traditional view of pain is that there are signals sent by the nerve endings to notify the brain when you are injured or about to be injured. This simple explanation does not seem to answer how emotions and pain are connected.
One theory is that the nervous system’s pain signals, known as neurotransmitters, are imbalanced. The neurotransmitters that decrease pain do not work as well as those that increase pain.
When chronic pain is thought of in terms of a chemical imbalance, it can explain how emotions can affect pain. Our behavior and emotions alter the chemicals in the nervous system and can consequently decrease or increase pain. Once the complexity of pain is understood, it is easier to learn how to treat it.
Alternative medicines can be a suitable intervention for treating chronic pain. Massages and gentle physical therapy can work even when traditional exercise has not worked. Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates should all be considered when treating pain. These programs are a gentle way to strengthen the lower back.
Emotional therapy can reduce pain as well. Anger, frustration and depression can actually increase pain. Try counteracting those emotions by doing something you enjoy. Humor is a great treatment for pain. Studies have actually proven that humor therapy can decrease pain.
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