Three Ways To Prevent and Decrease Pain
We all experience physical pain sometimes. It is part of being human. Pain frightens us, so we avoid it like the plague. Often we run to the medicine cabinet as fast as we can to pop a pill to make it go away. There is certainly a place for pain medication, and I am not suggesting that medication is never necessary. What I am suggesting though, is that we take a moment to ask why is this pain showing up now?
There are many kinds of pain, but for our purposes today, I am speaking of the kind of pain that seems to come out of nowhere. I am not talking about the kind of acute pain that happens when you burn your hand or bang your toe. I am speaking about that headache that happens when you wake up or the one that appears at the end of a long day. It can also be that nagging pain in your back, or stomach. It might be an ache in your joints or a twinge in a muscle somewhere. It isn’t sharp or stabbing. It may be dull and something you can almost ignore.
This dull or small kind of pain is a call to wake up. It is our body’s way of saying, “Hey, here I am. I need some attention.” Pain in this case is a good thing. More often than not our body whispers its needs long before it screams. It is up to us to pay attention and listen to the whispers.
When pain shows up, try doing something different. Move toward the pain instead of running away or covering it up. Ask yourself, “Why is this here now and what is my body trying to tell me?” More often than you think, it simply needs a long drink of water. The water you drink with the pain killer does more good than the pill. Next time you feel that ache, drink the water first and wait a while before you take the pill. You may be surprised at the result.
Your body may also be saying, “Hey, I need some help here pumping blood everywhere.” When we stay in one position for long periods of time, muscles and bones start to ache. This is simply because our cardio vascular system needs muscles to help pump blood into all the tiny capillaries throughout the body. If you sit on your rear end all day, blood does not flow freely. When blood does not flow easily, muscles and joints start to ache. Many times all that is required of us is to move, stretch, take a short walk, after you drink your water, of course. You can also help blood flow by taking a hot bath or even a cold one if that feels right to you. The idea is to encourage blood to go where it wasn’t before. Alternating hot and cold packs also helps blood flow. Next time when you feel an ache, move your body, stretch, or find some heat.
Here is something to think about. Do you think too hard, too much? Did you know that this can cause pain? Are you revisiting a trauma from your past or feeling scared of something that might happen in your future? This can cause headaches, neck pain, or pain anywhere in your body. This type of stress causes our bodies to contract. That free feeling of spaciousness in our body goes away the harder our mind works on something. The mind is a tool to be picked up and laid down when we do not need it. It is not who we are. Quieting the mind is a learned skill even though it takes no effort once you have learned it. There are hundreds of books on how to quiet your mind. You can even ask Alexa to open Meditation Studio, or you can get a meditation app on your phone. There may be a technique from your faith tradition that helps you settle down. What I am saying here is take a few moments to surrender and relax your mind and body. Give your body an opportunity to be heard when it is trying to say something to you. If you will listen, then you can give it what it needs. Notice those little twinges and take care of your body. Show it you will listen to what it is saying to you. Your body learns that it can trust you to take care of it which in turn prevents it from hurting to get your attention.
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Enjoy your stretch and as always,
Good health to you,