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Coping with Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be one of the more difficult experiences that an individual endures over his or her lifetime. In this article, we will evaluate several different techniques that individuals have used to cope with chronic pain.

Before beginning any type of coping treatment for chronic pain, it is recommended that you learn to relax and really focus on your breathing. Enduring pain is extremely harrowing, but clenching up and constricting your body and muscles is not going to help – in fact, ultimately it will harm. Therefore it’s incredibly important that you train yourself in breathing through the pain.

Meditating through focusing on your breathing in a calming space is a great first step to the process of learning to help yourself relax. Once you have learned the art of breathing through pain as it arises, you will be prepared to begin to explore the techniques below.

Sensory Splitting is a technique in which you use the mind to separate the pain that you are experiencing into several different parts. For example, a burn may be throbbing, stinging, and buzzing all at once. Focus on each of these triggers individually, and understand what they’re contributing to your overall sense of well-being. You may find that some perceived pain actually involves things that aren’t painful once evaluated, such as heat or tingling.

Altered Focus is a technique that is similar to learning to breathe through your pain. Altered focus involves thinking about a part of your body that is not the part of the body that it is in chronic pain. Once you begin to focus on this part of the body, imagine that you are able to change the sensation that the body part is feeling simply with your mind. The concentration of bringing – for example – heat to your neck will help to divert your attention from pain being experienced elsewhere.

Imagery is often used in matters of pain management and pain coping. In some instances, patients are encouraged to envision a symbol that can stand in for the pain that is being experienced. For example, a headache may be represented by something glaring and buzzing like a fluorescent bulb in a warehouse. If you can then mentally strip away the things about that symbol that are irritating – quieting the buzz, perhaps, or dimming the harsh light coming out of the bulb – it will be easier to distance yourself from your own pain.

Similarly, using positive imagery to help yourself focus on things that are not the pain itself can be of big help when you are trying to cope with pain. Imagining the sensation of the sun on your eyelids on a bright sunny day, for example, gives you something positive to focus on and takes your attention away from the pain you are facing.

Using your mental powers to transfer or move your pain from one area in your body to another is another way to disassociate the reality of your pain. For example, imagining that you are somehow able to shift the pain experienced in one wrist to the other wrist can help.
 
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