Chronic pain and stress are very closely related; actually one can say with a fair degree of confidence that it’d be almost impossible to find a chronic pain patient who does not have mental stress as well; each impacts the other, creating a vicious cycle of unrelenting chronic pain and stress. So, if one wants to get relief from chronic pain, part of the solution will be learning how to better manage stress.
Medical research has clearly shown that common mental ailments such as anxiety and depression increase pain. On the other hand, if one has more pain, he/she will also feel more stressed out. Each makes the other worse; decrease one’s pain and you’d stress and anxiety and vice versa.
For most chronic pain patients, learning stress management, either by avoiding stressful situations or learning how to cope with them better will provide them with pain relief.
The most important factor to consider is that pain is regulated by the nervous system and the brain is a key player in how we perceive pain. Naturally, the brain will try to block the pain signals, but if one is very stressed out the brain’s ability to block these pain signals is negatively affected and the pain level is increased.
Many non-invasive, holistic, and safe treatment modalities are not only available but also best suited for chronic pain management. Some of these treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic care, exercise and movement therapy, guided imagery, mindfulness, massage, meditation and yoga, as well as carefully selected use of essential oils and supplements.
The treatment of chronic pain includes both medical and psychological interventions. It is through the awareness of conditions affecting the body, mind, and spirit that hope and healing returns. The Transitions Center stress and pain management supports your journey of healing and wellness.