- Tai Chi: help with arthritis
- Options for reducing pain
- Alternative methods
Alternative methods of dealing with the pain of arthritis
Facilitate sharp intense pain that occurs during episodes of arthritis can be alleviated with the help of cold wet compresses or ice packs, which are much more effective than heat treatment. Procedure for the cold treatment lasts 10-20 minutes, but no more in order to prevent skin damage.
Today, biofeedback is a subject of study therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists and many other practitioners. The patient is exploring several methods of relaxation. Then attached to the body several sensors that allow you to see how the patient responds to attempts to relax, celebrate a decrease in blood sugar levels
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, Decreased heart rate, change in body temperature or the degree of muscle relaxation. Biofeedback helps to better control his involuntary reflexes. Sensors allow us to understand whether the body responds to the mental command of the patient. In the end, people develop the ability to control the processes in his body without the use of this device. Stress
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muscle tension and helps to alleviate the pain and reduce the need for drugs.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Electrical nerve stimulation can block pain signals going to the brain. This procedure can be carried out only by a specialist, and, as a rule, have resorted to it after other treatments did not give proper effect. Method works best when the pain is concentrated on one area, such as the lower back. On the target site a special gel is applied and then the electrodes are attached to the body. Served small electrical current strength, creating a slight tingling sensation.
It is proved that visualization helps to reduce or completely remove pain. Hypnotherapists use this method to help patients create in the imagination an image that helps to reduce pain to an acceptable level or by allowing it to ignore. To do this, close your eyes, breathe deeply and imagine that you are in a place where good and calm. In stressful situations, you need to call up the image - it helps calm and rejuvenate.
As with visualization, this method helps you relax and relieve stress. During meditation
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decreased heart rate, breathing slows down, and hence the voltage goes. Those who regularly practice meditation on the physiological parameters younger than his chronological age. In addition, they are less likely to suffer from anxiety
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, Depression and stress and have increased resilience and ability to concentrate.
Deep breathing - it is an effective method of relaxation. To carry out the practice to choose a time when you will not be disturbed, as well as a comfortable, quiet place where nothing will distract you. It is necessary to lay down as best you can relax and close your eyes. Then begin to breathe deeply, slowly and rhythmically. It should be out of my mind all the problems and get rid of all thoughts. You can concentrate on any word that helps you relax. Imagine that you are breathing in all the positive energy surrounding you and exhale all negative. For starters, you can pay practice 5-10 minutes, then you can increase the duration to 20-30 minutes.
Creating a positive image
It is a variant technique of deep breathing. The basic idea is that the practitioner is in a quiet location with a minimum of stimuli around him, closes his eyes, relaxes and makes a few deep breaths. Then he presents himself in a place where he feels relaxed and happy. This may be a beach, a mountain, a small house in the middle of the storm, the boat in calm water or any other place that is associated with happiness. It should be mentally, as detailed as possible to imagine the smells, the sounds, the temperature of the air and all that surrounds you in this beautiful place. You might want to go back in time in your life when you feel relaxed and happy. Creating a positive image helps to relax, relieve stress and pain.
This method allows you to enter a state of deep relaxation. Many bookstores selling record, with which you can conduct your own self-hypnosis session. It will also be useful to turn to a therapist who can help you master this technique of relaxation.