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Last week we discussed how the idea of thought watching teaches you how to go from a place of constantly doing and shifting to just being. This process slows you down where you can learn to nurture calmness and self-acceptance.

We learned how developing a worldview of compassion for our self and for others helps foster a sense of universality and gets us out of isolation and into a place of loving kindness.

Furthermore, we discovered how certain foods contribute to inflammation that leads to pain. Choosing healthy doses of various vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and fermented fare feeds the mind, body, and soul to ease pain.

We revealed the importance of moderate exercise in reducing pain and finally getting involved with like-minded people also helps bring relief to chronic pain.

Here are five more ideas to explore ways to reduce pain.

  1. Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of purposely being in the moment from one moment to the next. It is the process of allowing body and mind to come to “be” in the present regardless of what is on our mind or how our body feels without trying to change anything.

A 2015 study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center found after just four days of consistent mindfulness meditation practice physical pain reduced by 27 percent and emotional pain lowered by 44 percent compared to the placebo group. Such significant findings make for promising treatment for chronic pain.

  1. Music

Pleasant, romantic music with harmony and chords has shown tremendous results in reducing pain. Listening to pleasing music triggers the brain’s reward system, releases dopamine and natural opioids, the body’s personal ‘morphine’.

While listening to enjoyable music alleviates your pain, it also boosts your mood, lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and stress, and relieves muscle tension.

Music therapy is even part of the Chicago Chronic Pain Care Center regime to teach patients how to manage their pain.

  1. Massage

Massage therapy is another method to alleviate pain and muscles spasms, and decrease anxiety and increase REM sleep, deep sleep. Massage stimulates your brain to secrete serotonin, the body’s natural way to ease pain and lift your mood. Massage also produces endorphins, the body’s natural opioid to relieve pain and enhance pleasure.

  1. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine practice of inserting thin needles on various points on the body to manipulate the flow of energy.

Robust research supports the efficacy of acupuncture. Findings from studies have found acupuncture helps to release opioids and other peptides in the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS) that improves immune function, regulates metabolism, and controls eating and drinking habits.

  1. Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF)

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields is the transfer of electromagnetic pulses to the body. The energy exchange penetrates every cell, organ, tissue, and bone. Cellular health and function improves, pain reduces, inflammation returns to normal and energy increases. PEMF has also shown effective for depression and fractured bones.

Different people will have varying results according to their bodily needs. There are many different stimulators and very few doctors knowledgeable of the device. The FDA has approved some PEMF and others can be purchased for home use. You may need to experiment with frequency, strength, wavelength, and the type of stimulator.

Conclusion

A combination of a vegetable rich, healthy fat, lean protein diet, meditation/yoga, moderate exercise, stress management, social support, loving compassion, and alternative medicine modalities can alleviate chronic pain. Aches and agonies don’t have to rule your life. There is no one size fits all, so go ahead experiment and find the best regime for your daily maintenance of pain.

Photo by Valerie Everett