Mind over Pain- Pain Relief Through Your Thoughts!
Pain is no fun. Injury, disease, degeneration, all can lead to a pain. Pain can make us less functional, make us less likely to be active and even prevent us from any enjoyment of life whatsoever. Fortunately, we have many physical solutions for pain that can lessen the severity and improve structure and function.
However, we also must address the mental component of pain. The brain is the most powerful organ in the body, capable of truly amazing feats and is the central controlling organ for the function of all of the other organs. It has been known for many decades that people can control their perception of pain with mental strength alone. There are documented events performed by Fakirs in India where they are able to overcome, or not be affected by, what would normally be incredible painful stimuli. Martial artists will break boards, ice, and perform unbelievable feats with little or no painful perception whatsoever. Marathon runners and endurance athletes will run for miles and miles with no perception of pain.
This type of “mind over matter” ability is usually not something that we are born with, but something that must be learned. Once we learn that we have the ability to control our pain perception with our mind, that ability must be honed and perfected if we wish to perform feats that would typically cause debilitating pain. That is, if you want to perform amazing feats.
Most people will not run marathons or break boards with their hands. Most people who are suffering just want to get rid of their back pain, neck pain or headaches. However, the brains of most people are no different than the brains of the martial artist or endurance runner; they just have not perfected the ability to block pain with their mind and thoughts only!
In the frontal lobe of your brain, you possess specialized cells that allow you to pre-plan, create new ideas, and anticipate the future. This frontal lobe is where your focus and attention will need to go if you are reducing pain with your mind. A mantra or repetitive thought, a trigger to make you think of something else, or an image that calms and relaxes you will enable you to overcome your pain in the moment. Movement, a great state of mind and knowledge that what you are feeling will only be temporary can enable you to lessen the physical sensation of pain.
Many people who are injured severely report that thinking of the people that they love , family, friends and thinking about those that they deeply care about is enough to lessen the sensation of pain and persevere through the pain. Distraction activities, putting the mind on tasks and the future, as well as moving your mental awareness to another part of the body can all lessen a painful area. Focusing on those that are less fortunate and understanding that there is always someone suffering more than you are all tools and techniques that can lessen the perception of pain.
Ultimately, learning mental coping skills and practicing those skills over and over is a critical component to feeling less pain and suffering. If you are interested in learning more about the types of pain relief tools we provide and some of the amazing pain therapies that are available at Benchmark Medical Group give us a call! We can help!