3 Ways You Can Combat Your Physical Pain
Physical pain happens unexpectedly most of the time. You feel pain after exercising, working out, hitting something hard, slipping, falling, and just about any activity involving sudden physical contact. Physical pain has various levels, from tolerable to excruciating and unbearable. However, how long pain lasts can be up to you.
Yes, you have a degree of control in managing physical pain when it happens. You don’t have to rush to the medicine cabinet to pop pain killers all the time whenever you feel pain. We will share here three ways you can try to combat physical pain and not let it ruin your day.
Mind Over Matter
Most of us do not know of the incredible capacity of our minds in altering the functions of our bodies. The sensation of pain is produced by the brain, and according to an e-book entry from MisterBack, there are some ways you can trick your mind into making the discomfort of pain go away. The fear of pain not only prolongs the pain but also aggravates it. An excellent way to counter this is to flood your line of thought with positivity.
As incredible as it may sound, but positive thoughts can do wonders for your body. One of which is pain management. Feelings of fear, anxiety, and other negative thoughts can create breeding grounds for pain.
However, if you do the opposite, you lessen the discomfort of the physical pain. A study from Johns Hopkins University pointed out the connection between negative emotions and the body’s immune response. Negative emotions can weaken the immune response, including tolerance to pain. Prolonged suffering from pain can weaken a person and drag the immune response even lower.
Other psychological studies report that just as pain builds up and gets worse, positive emotions can be nurtured to grow as well. While it does not eliminate the physical pain, it does relieve the discomfort and suppress the pain signals from the brain to make it more manageable.
A good mantra for starting positivity in your life is this: for every hundred reasons you think you are unfortunate, there are thousands of reasons to believe that you are blessed. So look at things from the bright side and be positive, and you’ll get over a painful experience a lot easier.
Apply Massage Therapy
Another effective way of combating pain is to apply gentle physical pressure to provide palliative relief pain. Massage therapy can be self-applied or administered by another person. In most cases where the pain is accidental or self-inflicted, and no physical therapist is around, your first measure of relieving physical pain is to massage the painful area if it is not bleeding. Massaging can help prevent swelling by promoting proper blood circulation around the painful area. A self-massage calms you down and shifts the focus of your brain to your massaging hand to help relieve the pain. It also relieves muscle tension, which is useful for managing muscle pains from workouts or exercises.
People who experience chronic pain have turned to therapeutic massage to help lessen the discomfort of pain and make it manageable. Therapeutic massage also relieves stress and anxiety, which promotes calmness and relaxation for both the mind and the affected muscles. The skin-to-skin contact from the massage stimulates the nerves in the skin, which impedes or delays the pain messages from and towards the brain, giving a sensation of pain relief.
Using Pain-Relief Medication
Various medicines can help relieve different kinds of pain. The most common types of over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nurofen), and naproxen (Anaprox, Naprelan, Aleve). These OTC drugs should be taken as indicated in the labels and you should not rely too much on pain relievers in combating pain.
As much as possible, use home remedies and the two self-treatments we shared above. While these medicines are effective for treating different kinds of mild to moderate pain, long-term use of painkillers can have adverse effects on the liver, kidney, and heart. As much as possible, limit the unnecessary use of painkillers as a last resort if self-treatment and home remedies do not work.
Chronic and severe pain, which cannot be relieved by OTC painkillers, needs to be consulted with a doctor so that a stronger medication can be prescribed. Doctors may prescribe higher doses of NSAIDs. Opioids are powerful and effective painkillers that combat chronic and severe pain, but they can sometimes have serious side effects and pose a risk of addiction. This is why a doctor’s prescription is needed and patients should strictly follow the dosage and schedule of intake prescribed by the doctor.
Pain can have different levels. While we mostly experience mild pains which can be easily handled, some types of pain can also keep us from functioning properly. Knowing how to combat physical pain can help you manage it and make it more tolerable at its onset. This knowledge can make your life better in many ways.
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