Go on a Mental Holiday to Reduce Your Pain

listening to musicThis is a great way to reduce your pain and can include the following activities that will make you seem like you are on holiday and will assist to reduce your stress and even your pain.

  1. Meditation holiday – Ensure you are sitting in a comfortable position and your surroundings are quiet. It may be worthwhile to invest in some noise cancelling headphones. Close your eyes and use a count down from 20 to put you in your favourite holiday spot.  Visualise everything around you and take yourself back to that holiday spot.  Remember the sights and smells.  Stay in your holiday place for as long as you can.
  2. Try drawing or painting a picture – This could be painting a picture of the sea, the countryside or something else that makes you feel relaxed. If you are new to painting, consider trying sketching first.  This activity allows you to concentrate on something different and release your stress.
  3. Go on a walk – Go somewhere where you feel relaxed and can look at your surroundings. Notice every leaf on the tree.  Feel the ground under your feet.  Take notice of the wind on your face.  Can you smell anything?  What does it smell like?  Engross yourself in your surroundings.
  4. Listen to your favourite sounds. These sounds will help you to reduce your pulse and make you feel relaxed.  This music could be sounds of the sea, an orchestral piece (at 60 beats per minute or slower) or rainforest sounds.  Imagine you are there at the sea, rainforest or watching live music.  Ensure your breathing is slow and regular and take in all the sounds.

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Meditation Strategies that Improve Pain Management

long road to pain managementThere are so many meditation strategies out there that can give you relief from pain.  You need to find a meditation that suits your personality and medical conditions.  Here are several meditation strategies that may be suitable for you:

  1. Mindfulness Meditation – Jon Kabat-Zinn is a person who has successfully used mindfulness mediation to improve pain management. Several Guided Mindness Meditation strategies can be downloaded from You Tube.
  2. The Headspace Meditation App assists individuals with many different conditions. This app can be downloaded from the App store.
  3. The Cleansing Pool is a guided meditation technique that can be accessed at You Tube.

To obtain benefits from meditation it is advised that you find time every day to do the same meditation technique.  Complete the same meditation for a week and see if it reduces your pain and improves your mindfulness.

Talk to others about their pain management techniques as they may have a favourite meditation that suits them.  Your friends may be able to advise you about pain management techniques and strategies that have worked for them.

For more information about pain management, find out more about the Beatpain app today at the Apple Store or Google Play.

 

Famous People with Pain Management Strategies that Work for Them

Morgan Freeman has learnt to manage his Fibromyalgia by modifying his physical activity to include golf and walking.  He has changed his mind-set about how his body works and has found physical activities which cause him less pain.

George Clooney has chronic back pain from a spinal injury he received in 2005.  Clooney saw a pain management specialist and realised the only way he could come to terms with his pain was by finding new and rewarding challenges to give him a new meaning on life.  He is now a happy father of 2 children and is an active campaigner against human rights injustices.

Elizabeth Taylor has Scoliosis and has experienced a life-time of chronic pain including almost turning blind at 21 years of age, 3 separate cases of near fatal pneumonia, and skin and brain cancer.  She has changed her mind-set and has been quoted as saying:

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it; you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That’s how I have done it. There’s no other way.”

If you have gained inspiration from these famous people that is great.  You need to find a pain management strategy that suits you.  Check out the Beatpain App today available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

5 Foods that Assist with Pain Management

Food AntioxidantsWith so much food available, which foods will assist me to manage my pain?  A few foods contain anti-inflammatory properties which may assist to reduce your inflammation and pain.  Also, while you are eating these foods, you will not be eating other high sugar foods which may feed inflammation.

Foods which have anti-inflammatory properties include:

  1. Flax and chia seeds contain many nutrients which assist in treating joint pain and inflammation as well as rheumatism
  2. Omega 3 rich foods contain polyunsaturated fatty acids which assist the growth and function of the body – these foods include cold-water fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, cod, tuna and trout
  3. Vibrant fruits and vegetables which contain loads of colour have loads of nutrients – these vegetables include kale, spinach, broccoli and avocado
  4. Nuts have great anti-inflammatory properties but are high in fat – Ensure you limit your nut intake to a small serve of walnuts, almonds, pecans or brazil nuts
  5. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation – the best chocolate to have is dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa

If you would like to find out more about how to manage your pain, Check out the Beatpain App today available from the Apple Store and Google Play.

Pain Management Strategies that Work for Athletes

knee athletes pain As Athletes have pushed their bodies to the extreme, they need to have customised pain management strategies that suit their injuries and assist their recovery to get back to their sport.

These pain management strategies include:

  • Education regarding the current understanding of pain – The source and cause of the pain needs to be fully understood to develop pain management strategies that work.
  • Modalities and massage – Different massage techniques are available to assist with pain management in different areas. These modalities include Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Relaxation Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, Shiatsu Therapy, Cupping Therapy and many others.
  • Movement, strength and conditioning – A series of movements designed to strengthen your body and ensure you get the best results for your training. Professional athletes use these techniques to build muscle and body strength.  Personal trainers and Physiotherapists can guide you with developing an exercise program to suit your pain management needs.
  • Sleep and nutrition – Sleep helps your body to heal and while you are sleeping, muscle and tissues will repair which will reduce pain. Good nutrition is required for the body to repair itself.  Certain foods may assist with pain management by reducing inflammation and these foods include Tumeric, Fish oil, tomatoes, nuts, green leafy vegetables and berries including blue berries, cherries and strawberries.
  • Surgery – Obviously this is the last call, but many people have endured surgery and still have pain management issues.
  • Psychosocial interventions – Psychological factors can be targeted to improve your state of mind and assist you to improve your pain management. The BeatPain App will assist your mental well-being and ability to improve your pain management.  Find out more about the BeatPain App today at the App Store or Google Play.

5 Ways to Beat Pain

foot painPain affects us in our everyday lives and there are some very simple strategies to beat pain.  These strategies include:

  1. Soft Tissue Therapy – Tissues that hold the joints and bones together can become inflamed and cause pain. Through specialised massage techniques, motion can be improved in joints and this can reduce inflammation and the associated pain.  This technique requires a skilled Physiotherapist with much experience in this area.
  2. Therapeutic Exercise – An exercise plan developed by a physiotherapist that includes exercises that assist with your balance and coordination, muscles, range of motion, posture and breathing. These exercises are given to you by a physiotherapist that tailors a program to suit your needs.
  3. Maintain ideal posture by sitting and standing in the ideal position that supports your spine and does not cause pressure on your joints. A lumbar roll placed strategically on your car seat and office chair can assist you to maintain the correct posture.
  4. Cold packs can be placed on areas that are inflamed to reduce the inflammation of those areas. It is advised to only use the cold pack for a maximum of 10 minutes.  However, this will only work when there is inflammation.
  5. Download the Beatpain app from the App Store to get credible information from an Experienced Occupational Therapist whom has developed Pain Management Plans for hundreds of individuals. These strategies have been proven to work and they are available to you for only AUS $7.00.

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