‘Cure’ for your pain: Laughter

A very successful and overlooked tool in the treatment and eventual ‘cure’ of your pain is laughter.  Laughter holds many known benefits for the body from a both psychological and physiological perspective.

Laughter is known to lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormone levels.  Laughter, the actual act of laughing, can also improve cardiac health.  Laughter is known to improve immune function which is a vital factor in your recovery.  Laughing also triggers the release of endorphins which are your body’s natural pain killers.  Laughing also improves a patient’s general well being.  Laughter improves circulation and smooth muscle relaxation, of vital importance to patient’s suffering from chronic muscular pain conditions and ailments.

Beyond these physical responses to laughter, we have found that patients who regularly incorporate laughter have an improved outlook to their pain.  Patient’s who have the insight to laugh at their circumstances have improved quality of life and improved overall function.  The old theory of the glass half full really does seem to apply to pain patients and helps to set realistic expectations.

So find a few moments every day to add some laughter back into your life.