Effective pain management is a combination of medications and mental coping strategies, a combination necessary to address the physical and psychological causes of pain. Mental coping and meditation strategies are designed to relax the body and release muscle tension, which form the basis for removing attention from the pain and focusing on positive things.
Just keep in mind that chronic and acute pain may also require medication depending on its cause. Pain medications should be prescribed and monitored by doctors since the risks for side effects and complications, including prescription painkiller addiction, are high.
Go to the qualified pain management doctors of any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the Ontario clinic near Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Montclair, and Chino, for more information about painkillers. Keep in mind that only a doctor can determine the right dosages for pain medications especially when the pain stems from an underlying medical condition.
Start by learning controlled deep breathing with the following steps:
- Lie down in a reclined position in a quiet room with dim lighting and comfortable temperature. Shut your eyes and relax your mind and body for a few minutes while breathing normally.
- Slow down your breathing. Breathe deeply – inhale and let your abdomen, not your chest, rise and exhale by letting your abdomen fall.
- Perform the breathing exercise for 2-3 minutes until your mind and body can focus. You may find yourself wandering in thoughts but just continue; focus on a word like “relax” to aid in your concentration.
- Use the imagery techniques of your choice.
Studies have shown that the following imagery techniques are effective in pain control. Experiment with the techniques, choose a few that suit your pain management goals, and use them whenever the need arises.
- Altered focus. Focus your attention to a specific part of your body that has no pain and alter your sensations in it, which will take away your focus on the pain. For example, you can imagine your hand warming up or your legs tingling so that you can stop focusing on your back pain.
- Dissociation. You will mentally separate your painful body part from the rest of your body. For example, you will imagine your painful lower back as a thing sitting on another chair that you can then tell to stay put far away from your body.
Other techniques are sensory splitting, mental anaesthesia, and mental analgesia.
Visit any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the one at Perris near Nuevo, Sun City, Canyon Lake, Homeland, Romoland, and Lakeview, for more information about effective pain management.
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