Relaxation is not just a luxury, when you are experiencing chronic pain, it is crucial to take relaxation to a deeper level to help you cope. Hospitals regularly teach their patients suffering from pain how to relax. Relaxation techniques focus on reducing arousal at the physical and emotional level to calm the mind, which in turn makes it easier to cope with pain. Relaxation is helpful and important for chronic pain patients for a number of reasons:
Reducing tension and calming your mind can reduce flare-ups, and reduce the intensity of the flare-up when they do happen. It is also something positive you can do, even in the middle of a severe setback.
The common techniques used in chronic pain management include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and guided imagery. Deep breathing, being the most basic form of relaxation, simply involves taking slow and gentle deep breath and letting your muscles go loose each time you exhale. Progressive muscle relaxation is a more "active”, as it involves systematically tensing and relaxing different groups of muscle in the body. This helps you become aware about what muscle tension and relaxation feels like in different parts of the body, which will help you identify and manage the first signs of tension. Imagery involves visualizing and focusing on events or places that are unrelated or incompatible with pain, for example happy events or floating in a swimming pool.
Relaxation is a skill that takes practice, but if you are patient with yourself, it is a skill with no unpleasant side effects and can bring positivity in challenging circumstances.
At Elements Wellness Group, our approach to pain management involves getting the client into a very relaxed state, as that is the best way for the client to absorb all the benefits of the treatment. The R-System, which uses skilled handwork with Proionic technology in a spa treatment room, is known to induce sleep in clients while the therapist administers the treatment. The client is undergoing ionic cells exchange in a very relaxed state and deep comforting heat is stimulating micro-circulation for recovery. It is pleasure while reducing pain.
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