In recent years a lot of people began taking painkillers in an effort to reduce their pain. Nobody wants to take more pills, they just want less pain! Most people do not know that it’s possible to have both: less pain and fewer pills.
Reducing pain and medication use involve tapping into your best pain relief resource: your brain.
It’s easy to focus on pain when you hurt—after all, your brain is hard-wired to be attuned to pain. If your brain stays focused on pain, or if you persistently worry and are upset about it, your pain will worsen. Results from scientific studies clearly show that in the context of pain, these negative psychological factors heighten pain processing in the brain and nervous system, and, as a result, your pain gets worse. And, over time these thoughts and emotions become a habit in your brain making it easier and easier to think and feel in ways that amplify pain.
The trick is to learn ways to shift these negative patterns and train your brain away from pain. Here are some quick tips to help you get started. [Read more…]