Learn the Easy ways to Reduce Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain is an experience that everyone might have. If you are unlucky one suffering from chronic illness, the following can be a great help to you. But remember that these suggestions may only reduce pain and improve the quality of your life but not an alternate for professional medical care.

  1. Practice Relaxation. For some people it a sill that be must learned.
  2. Make a deep Breath. Learn the power of Inhaling and exhaling the proper way.
  3. Make yourself busy and distract yourself (e.g., loud music) for temporary relief from pain.
  4. Engage yourself to things that you enjoy be it a hobby, movies, surfing the internet and learn something new everyday. It can somehow help you forget the pain.
  5. If necessary, take medication to control your pain. If you are using tranquilizer, remember that the more you utilize it, they become less effective overtime.
  6. Investigate nerve stimulation techniques. Acupuncture, massage, and electrical stimulation through a TENS unit are often helpful. Consult professionals who work in these procedures.
  7. Ice is a goof first aid. If there is area of your body that is pain, apply ice on it. The ice can lessen the pain for hours.
  8. Get moral support from your loved ones and friends. Don’t keep the pain all alone. Have a shoulder to lean on.
  9. Care for your mental and spiritual health. Keep your life positive: surround yourself with positive ideas and people. Involve yourself in your religion if that it is important to you. Study psychology and learn about how the mind can be used to control feelings and perceptions.
  10. The key to a healthy life is by choosing healthier lifestyle. Eat healthy and nutritious food. Exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Do not engaged in bad routine like smoking, over-eating, too much alcohol and so on.


Fight Chronic Back Pain

One of the most frustrating ordeals for anyone to endure is the chronic back pain. However with proper exercise it can reduce the pain you feel. Proper back exercise can strengthen your back muscles, increases blood flow to the discs and can control weight gain which aggravates back pain. Here are some things to take note when doing back exercise.

• Pick a right exercise such as low impact aerobic exercise, swimming or walking.
• Warm up and stretching is important. Do it first.
• Remember not to stress yourself with the exercise you are doing. If necessary, adjust the exercise to ensure that it does not cause you pain while you are doing it.
• Always maintain a good posture.
• Be careful when doing twisting exercise.
• Limit your exercise and always take a rest.
• If you are planning to use weights, make sure it is not too heavy or it may only give more pain. Limit the weights to not more than 10 – 20% of your body weight.
• Always consult your doctor prior undertaking any exercise.

If none of these exercises wont work, I suggest you seek for chiropractic help. Chiropractic is still consider as alternative treatment but more and more people are being cured by Chiropractic therapy. So better experience it to get rid of chronic back pain.

The Cortical Homunculus

One of the causes of chronic pain is damage done to the somatosensory system. This is a complex system of receptor sensor nerves mapped out across the body. These receptors are found on your hands, your lips, your feet, your skin, as well as through your internal organs. It is a system that helps us touch things and appreciate different kinds of tactile experiences. It is what tells us fire is hot, ice is cold, cacti are prickly, and kisses are pleasurable.

One of the most sensible yet intriguing ways to depict this is via 3d model of a human person – albeit at first sight, you probably wouldn’t think this looked anything like a person. Say hello to the Cortical Homunculus.

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This very-odd shaped person might be a dead ringer for Gollum‘s long-lost brother, but the hyper-enlarged hands, feet, lips and even genitals do have a reason. This homunculus maps out how many receptors a person has in those areas, thus making them much more sensitive than another body part.

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All About Chronic Pain

There are over 49 million of American people who suffer from chronic pain, which can adversely affect career, sleep patterns and social life of a patient. Living with a chronic pain can even cause severe depression, stress, fatigue, anger and anxiety. Most cases of it are related to lower back pain, arthritis, headache, multiple sclerosis, firbomyalgia, shingles, and nerve damage. Other comes from old injuries that have not cured properly.

Regardless of how and why you suffer, there are plenty ways to manage and treat your chronic pain.

First, understand what pain you really feel. This might be a crucial step but if it hurt you every day, then, you should open your ears widely and know what particular type of pain you feel and determine where exactly the pain coming from.

Second, learn the art of slow breathing. Inhale, Exhale, Inhale, Exhale. It’s a simple technique that can surely reduce the pain you feel. It’s a no doubt natural pain killer that really works.

Third, take a hot bath. It can absolutely relax your body, mind and spirit. It is one of the best ways to treat any chronic pain you have.

Fourth, start an exercise program. Being physically active can lessen the pain and improve your emotional state by making you feel empowered and motivated. Exercising can even make your body stronger and healthy. Exercise is the key!

Fifth, be engaged in a new hobby. If you are focus with your new hobby, your mind can avoid thinking the pain. Your hobby can be a sort of board games, video games, writing, reading, singing, drawing, etc., something that you truly enjoy doing.

Sixth, take medicine. You dont need to learn Thai or any other language to know this. If you can’t tolerate the pain anymore take medication. Just make sure that it is prescribed by the doctor.

Fibromyalgia and Genes

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Are you suffering from chronic pain? Does your fibromyalgia seem to be a constant unwelcome companion in hot or cold climates? Unfortunately, that’s one of the things that you may have inherited from your relatives.

A recent study has proven that chronic pain can be something hereditary. It has been tested and proven that if your first degree relatives have suffered from fibromyalgia, you are eight times more likely to suffer from it as well.

It all lies in your serotonin. Serotonin, as you may well know by now, is a neurotransmitter that is usually found in the intestinal tracts and nervous systems of many creatures, including us humans. It is responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness, and can be activated by exercising, cuddling, and sometimes eating copious amounts of chocolate. Now, if your serotonin system has an abnormality, it makes its anti-pain properties all the more scarcer, and well, pain is all the more worse.

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Heat Sensitivity

In our last post, we focused on how patients with Fibromyalgia can become extra sensitive to colder temperatures. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the other side of the temperature spectrum, as well as the people who experience pain from the heat.

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Most folks will look forward to the end of Winter, the arrival of Spring, and most of all, the exploding heat of Summer. However, for Fibromyalgia sufferers, the heat is not as kind or alluring to them. Some patients with heat sensitivity will shirk away from warm to sweltering weather, as this triggers not just their pain, but also headaches, anxiety, achey joints, and even nausea.

What can be done to cope with heat sensitivity? The first and biggest step is to make sure that cold temperatures do not trigger the patient’s pain receptors. If so, make sure the patient is well-ventilated and stays in a cooler room. Turn on electric fans, air coolers, and air conditioners, and have the patient wear light, breathable clothing.

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Cold Sensitivity

Last post, we covered the benefits of practicing Taichi in managing pain. Today, let’s look at a particular aspect of Fibromyalgia – cold sensitivity.

Sufferers of Fibromyalgia don’t just have their aches and pains to deal with all the time. They may also sometimes feel extremely cold or extremely hot in temperatures that a non-sufferer would be fine in. This is something called temperature sensitivity. There are two different kinds of this symptom: cold sensitivity, and heat sensitivity.

Sufferers with cold sensitivity will easily feel very cold in situations that would otherwise feel manageable for other people. A slight breeze? Chilly! An air-conditioned room? Forget it! These people will often resort to layering on clothing to feel warmer, seeking an external source of heat, such as a fireplace, a radiator, or even a warm, soothing bath. For people with cold sensitivity, it is a good idea to wear cozy socks, and drink hot beverages to keep warm.

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Taichi to Manage Chronic Pain

As mentioned in a previous post, Yoga is an effective exercise to aid in managing chronic pain, However, if Yoga is not your thing, another good exercise to consider is Taichi.

Tai’chi chu’an is a chinese form of internal martial art that is best recognized by it’s smooth, flowing movement, and is practiced for its training and health benefits. It hold belief in the flow of life force, or qi, throughout the body, and that taichi is a way of balancing the flow of qi. Every morning in China, many of its long-lived senior citizens rise bright and early to go through their soothing, fluid movements, bathed in the soft glow of early sunshine, or sheltered under the shade of expansive trees in a park. Many of those who practice Taichi swear by it and owe their longevity, good health, and pain-free days to this martial art. Its flowing movements are also given to settling the practitioner into a meditative state.

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