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.
To help ‘Cure’ your pain you must become more active and vigilant in your own recovery and yes this also applies to taking advantage of your rest. Rest come in many forms from improving your sleep, which we have already discussed in an earlier blog, naps, meditation, stretching, and an approach to activity known as a active rest.
So much of our life seems to be some automated loop, whether that is our routine of running off to work in the morning or running our kids to school and various activities. People adapt to their hectic loop of a life by running from one activity to the next, pumping caffeine into their bodies at the local java hut to keep moving.
There is an argument that hitting the pause button and trying to find a better balance to our hectic lives and finding opportunities to rest is an excellent way to heal our body and our soul. A conscious approach to adding active rest based activities is a a natural approach to living within your bodies circadian rhythm. Most research show that humans are designed to take an afternoon nap. Although a nap is not possible for most, finding 10 minutes to meditate or take a nature stroll seems to do wonders. For patients able to exercise, we recommend alternating between a heavy exercise day with a lighter exercise day to not over stress our body. For patients with more disabilities to activity, we recommend trying to stagger doctor appointments or busy days so as to not overwhelm yourself psychologically or physically.
We are not promoting a couch potato lifestyle rather, we are simply recognizing that making a conscious decision to rest on the couch and read a book or relax the mind periodically is a healthy choice.
To ‘cure’ your pain you must learn to become a champion. A champion is defined as an individual who overcomes great odds to achieve their goals.
This is an active approach to taking back your life. The first step is to pick one activity that you had quit due to you pain. This can be as simple as walking up the hill to the mailbox or going to the grocery store. There is no quit in a champion, you will start by telling your pain “I’m taking this back!” As you start to slowly add back more activities you will gain more confidence and improve your quality of life. These small victories will improve you mood and outlook. Just like any champion, the road to success will have its highs and lows. Don’t become frustrated if you have a setback, only by failing can we learn to succeed.
By winning more and more of these small victories you will learn to control you pain and not let your pain control you. When you learn that you control your pain you will become a champion!
Welcome and congratulations as you have taken the first step to becoming an active participant in finding the “Cure” 4 your pain.
“Cure” is a loose term we use as successes in the world of managing chronic and acute pain is relative to the individual. Our hope for your “Cure” is to improve your quality of life and give you insightful information to become the owner of your condition.
We will provide information and interpretation in a 4 staged multidisciplinary approach to help you find success in topics ranging from Health, Wellness, Traditional Medicine and Lifestyle Modifications.