7 Ways to Handle Pain Management

7 Ways to Handle Pain Management

7 Ways to Handle Pain Management

, 7 Ways to Handle Pain ManagementThe human body wants to avoid pain. Sometimes, pain is an indication that something is wrong; other times, pain is an unnecessary nuisance or a side effect as the body heals from injury, illness, or surgery.

There are many different methods of pain management. Some require medical assistance, but others are as simple as a good deep breath. Here are seven ways to handle your pain and live your life.

1. Relaxation

Pain is often associated with tension. Your body tenses up as a natural response to pain, but the more tension your body carries, the stronger the pain is felt. Reduce your pain by practicing relaxation techniques, such as the deep relaxing breath. While sitting, standing, or resting in a comfortable position, breathe in for 10 seconds, then breathe out for 10 seconds. Repeat until your body begins to relax and your pain eases.

If you want additional relaxing breath exercises for pain management, try this helpful list.

2. Visualization

Sometimes relaxation is not enough to ease the pain. In these cases, patients often use a technique called “guided visualization” or “guided imagery,” in which the patient visualizes a specific, relaxing scene such as a favorite beach. The theory is that by focusing your thoughts on a relaxing scene, you are able to avoid focusing on your pain. Guided visualization is especially useful for cancer patients who are unable to take other types of pain medication. You can practice guided visualization by yourself, or you can work with a coach to help focus your thoughts and take your mind off your pain.

3. Painkillers

Painkillers from Tylenol to Vicodin are often a first step in pain medication. Although simple painkillers do a great deal to combat certain types of pain, they are often not strong enough to manage the extended pain brought on by a significant illness or injury.

4. Personalized drug therapy

Every patient responds differently to painkilling drugs, and some types of serious illnesses or injuries require a pain management treatment designed to maximize the possible response. Pain management drug testing works to individually match patients to drugs based on the type of pain experienced as well as the genetic makeup of the patient. This type of drug therapy also takes into account the specific injury and illness, making it a truly unique method of pain management.

5. Physical therapy

Many types of pain occur after injury, and often only physical therapy can help you minimize the pain and return to your normal life. Expect to feel additional pain and soreness as your physical therapist helps you stretch and manipulate your muscles or put weight on an injured limb, but this additional pain is worth it as your body begins the healing process and soon returns to a pain-free state.

6. Laughter

Maybe laughter is the best medicine. Scientists know that laughing releases endorphins, the “feel-good” chemicals that help your body control pain. However, don’t watch your favorite comedy TV show by yourself — as Scientific American notes, laughing with friends releases many more endorphins than laughing alone.

7. Talk therapy

Some types of pain are felt in the body but are related to mental health. Talk therapy and other types of psychological help allow you to release your mental pain, which in turn releases the pain experienced in your body.

These are only a few of the ways that health care professionals work with patients to manage pain. Sometimes, doctors discover truly unique ways of managing pain, such as the development of “mirror therapy” to help patients with amputated limbs: place a patient in front of a mirror so it appears as if the missing limb is present, and the associated phantom limb pain often disappears. As scientists and doctors learn more about the human body, still more methods of managing pain are likely to be discovered.

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