Developing a Plan for Chronic Pain Relief
The experience of chronic pain is more than just the pain itself. Pain can affect how a participates in life, from physical activities like running and cycling or simply bending over to pick up a grocery bag, to emotional wellbeing and functioning in daily activities like work and social outings. In turn, mood, physical activity, and social engagement influence the level of pain one experiences. It makes sense, then, that an optimal pain management plan is multifaceted and tailored to the individual:
- structured exercise,
- judicious use of medication,
- meditation and breathing techniques, and
- psychological or other mental health treatments for developing strategies for thinking about pain as well as for other conditions that are co-occurring with chronic pain (depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD).
The big question is, how does a person experiencing chronic pain get help getting an effective treatment plan together?
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