It is no secret that stress has an impact on pain and as we move to reduce your stress via the physical relief of your pain we can also work alongside you to reduce overall stress levels. As a result of the hectic lifestyles we lead our body is often remaining in a prolonged state of stress or the “fright/flight” response. The physical effects of this are widely documented. The body increases it’s production of stress hormones, such as cortisol, which has been shown to increase the sensitivity of the nervous system, decrease the effectiveness of the immune system and is also linked to reduction in magnesium levels.
This is why it’s imperative to address stress when dealing with many physical conditions.
Mindfulness can significantly impact how we experience and cope with pain. Cultivating a non judgmental attitude and gentle curiosity towards our sensations, thoughts and emotions creates mental space to respond to pain differently. Regular meditation has also been scientifically proven to reduce pain levels.
If desired, we can work with you to develop ways to incorporate practices such as:
- regular postural scans
- redirecting focus
- self awareness
- mindful breathing
- mindful movement
- regular gratitude
into your everyday life which will not only help reduce pain but improve overall health and well-being.