If you are reading this you likely have already know, “chronic pain is pain that lingers three to six months”. Chronic pain may or may be linked to an incident, injury, or health condition; however sometimes,there is no known direct cause. Chronic pain may be related to a current or previous structural an/or a physiological issue. Your doctor may have cleared you to resume daily activities including self care, work, and recreational activities, yet you still have considerable pain. Chronic pain typically ebbs and flows, some days easier and some more challenging. Pain can be a trickster that way – it can be hard to track what triggers an increase in pain.
Due to the multidimensional aspects of chronic pain, the solutions also must be multidimensional. It is influenced by the current state of our physical state (structural and physiological), our mental and emotional state and outlook; as well as, our habits and personal history. This is why managing chronic pain is such an individual path. For example, what worked for you before or your neighbor or your sister-in-law’s friend may or may not work for you.
As you progress with understanding and using yoga to help manage your symptoms, the practices can be adapted to again, meet you where you are.
How can yoga help?
Yoga offers a myriad of practices that include breathing and movement, specific relaxation techniques, and meditation (including mindfulness) to name a few. We’ll start with ways to relieve some tension and stress and then move towards some breathing practices that can help calm your nervous system. This is just one way you can learn to help interrupt the pain cycle that keeps you in chronic pain.
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