Millions of people suffer from chronic pain. Even though headaches and back pain are some of the most common types, chronic pain can vary in degree and can affect various parts of the body, such as the shoulders, the pelvis, joints and even the sinuses.
Basically, if you suffer from persistent nerve and muscle pain for longer than six months then you are afflicted with chronic pain. Many cases of chronic pain stem from an initial trauma or injury. With chronic pain, the pain and discomfort usually lessens for a long period of time and then “acts up” again occasionally. Aside from affecting you physically, chronic pain can also take an emotional toll. If you are suffering from chronic pain then you’ve probably felt frustrated, depressed, fatigued and angered. Chronic pain sufferers are usually prescribed painkillers, but you might be better off choosing one of these natural remedies for chronic pain instead.
1. Tai Chi
Stemming from the traditions of ancient China, Tai Chi is a gentle form of martial arts that uses rhythmic breathing and meditation in order to enhance the flow of the chi throughout the body. The chi is believed to be the life force or energy found within any living being. Hailed before as an exercise that even chronic pain sufferers can do, recent studies are proving that Tai Chi has some pain-relieving properties as well. Tai Chi is particularly recommended if you suffer from back pain and arthritis. It also helps combat stress which afflicts many chronic pain sufferers.
Just like Tai Chi, yoga is an exercise that you can easily do even if you suffer from chronic pain. In 2009, an experiment was conducted to determine if yoga is able to provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis, a common type of chronic pain. For 10 weeks, the participants followed a 75-minute yoga class once a week. After the weeks of yoga training, the participants reported that not only are they more flexible and with better balance but their perception of pain has also decreased.
3. Guided Imagery
The next time that you find yourself with an excruciating bout of chronic pain, why not try guided imagery? In 2005, 44 people who suffered from chronic pain were instructed to listen to a guided imagery tape several time a day. After four days, the patients reported that their pain become more tolerable after they listened to the tape. You can do guided imagery anywhere and anytime. All you need is to do is to find a quiet spot where you can sit down. Next, close your eyes, make your breathing slower and more stable then proceed to visualize yourself in a much more peaceful place. You can also listen to tapes of ambient sounds that suit your imaginary peaceful place. For instance, if you’re imagining yourself to be baking under the sun in some beach in the Caribbean, a tape featuring sounds of waves may be a good soundtrack.