If you suffer from back pain and you work, finding the time to give your spine that all-important TLC can sometimes seem close to impossible. But May brings good news for everyone suffering from back pain as there’s not only one, but two Bank Holidays! So this year, why not put your back health at the top of your ‘To Do’ list and use your time off to help your back to heal?
Time off work means having a lot more freedom to really focus on effective back pain techniques. According to our chiropractor in Stoke on Trent, learning how to focus and relax is an important aspect of being able to control pain. Getting it right may take practice, but the end result is certainly worth it!
Here are our top tips on achieving a relaxed state:
1: Sit in a comfortable reclining position in a dark room. You can either close your eyes or focus on a point.
2: Slow down your breathing and take deep breaths. As you breathe in, focus on the syllable “re” and as you breathe out, focus on the syllable “lax”.
3: Continue with this controlled way of breathing for 2 – 3 minutes. Once you start to feel your body relaxing you can start the pain management techniques.
Here are three chronic pain management techniques that are effective for many back conditions:
1: The Altered Focus Technique
This technique shows how closely linked the mind and the body are. Start by focusing your attention on a body part that does not cause you any pain. Then change the sensation in this part of the body (such as imagining your hand warming up, for example). Doing this will help to distract your mind away from your back pain.
2: The Disassociation Technique
This technique does exactly “what it says on the tin” by allowing your mind to disassociate the pain from your body. Imagine your body and mind as being completely separate with the painful part of your body no longer being attached to you. An example of this would be to imagine your back sitting on the other side of the room, away from where it can hurt you.
3: The Sensory Splitting Technique
This technique means splitting up the different aspects of pain that you feel. For example, if your back pain aches and tingles then focus on the tingling alone. If your back pain makes your skin feel hot, then focus on the heat and not the pain.
These techniques are known to be effective in managing many chronic pain conditions, but practice makes perfect! Make a start this Bank Holiday. Your back may just thank you for it!
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From the team at City Chiropractic Clinic
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