Therapy and Support
Therapies can help reduce stress, improve mood, and make you less aware of pain. Both the brain and the body are involved in the pain response. The brain reads the pain signals from the body. This means that your mind has some control over how pain signals are processed. Mind-body therapies may help change how your brain reads pain signals.
Types of TherapiesYoga
Yoga is a physical meditation that can relax your body and mind. It is also a good way to become more flexible.
Relaxation and Meditation
These are methods for relaxing muscles and concentrating on something outside of your body. This can lessen the feeling of pain or help you work through it.
Developing ways of feeling more in control. This is done by using humor, distraction, or positive thinking to put the pain in its place.
Biofeedback is a technique for learning to have more control over your body. This can help you better control your response to pain.
This is a way to train your mind to change your perception of pain.
Messages help you relax. They may also help relieve some kinds of muscle and joint pain.
Acupuncture and Acupressure
These are treatments in which small needles or pressure is applied to certain sites on the body. They may stimulate the body’s natural pain control system.
This is a treatment based on manipulation of the spine. It may help with some kinds of back pain.
Vitamins or Herbs
Certain vitamins or herbs may help with some conditions that cause chronic pain. But they may interact with your medications, so check with your healthcare provider or pharmacist before you try them.
Counseling and Support Groups
Chronic pain support groups can help you feel less isolated. They can also give you tips for coping with pain. Support groups for an underlying condition can help you learn more about controlling that condition and the pain that it causes. Individual counseling can help you learn coping skills and techniques, such as visualization and relaxation. Counseling can also help with mood problems.