Pain Rehab: Building Strength To Push Back Pain
People living with pain are most successful at taking back their lives when they take an active role in their recovery. For most of us, there is no ‘magic jelly bean’ that will suddenly cure our pain.
Rehabilitation science suggests that the most effective way for people in pain get out into the world is through lifestyle changes. These changes will include:
- Healthy diet
- Drinking lots of fluids
- Healthy sleep patterns
- Reducing stress through biofeedback, mindfulness practices, or disciplines like yoga or tai chi
Making these changes is tough – particularly when it’s all you can do to make it from your bed to the bathroom. But they are critical. Research on teens living with severe chronic pain consistently shows that getting out and into the world comes before pain reduction, not after. The more you commit to exercising regularly, the more time you spend out of your room with people you care about, and the more you focus on things you enjoy, the stronger you will become. The stronger you are, the easier it is to treat the underlying causes of your pain.
What do you want to learn?