Use Your Mind to Treat Your Pain

Use Your Mind to Treat Your Pain
Christine Tender Points Pain is so unique and so varied that the treatment that brought relief to it one time won’t necessarily bring relief the next time. If you've had fibromyalgia for a while, you're sure to have tried many different pain therapies, perhaps including medication, heat, cold, massage, exercise, yoga, tai chi, and aqua therapy. The list goes on and on. But I wonder how many of you have tried using your mind to ease your pain. It doesn't need to be anything structured, like the practice of meditation. What I'm referring to is simple distraction. For example, I have a weekly card game with a group of six women who also have pain issues. The particular game we play requires no skill, but it's one that makes us laugh, and requires that we focus on something other than pain. We agree that our pain levels are the lowest during those four hours of card playing than they are at any other time during the week. Getting lost in any activity that you find pleasurable can be very therapeutic. Yes, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to do anything for enjoyment when you're hurting, but it can also be well worth the effort. Meditation is another option. A body scan is one widely used variation of meditation.
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