Glad to see you came back for more , when you are dealing with pain, the determination to get out of it at any cost is the main focus of your life. So if what your doing is working for you please continue to do so, and if have the time keep reading. You never know what is in store for you tomorrow and this may just be help full to you or someone you know.
Just to refresh Medication, Mind and Body were the subjects of my last article.
Next we will cover:
- Art therapy
- Physical Therapy
Art Therapy is a great way to express yourself along with keeping a journal, creating a picture of your pain in an abstract painting and if you are having trouble with your joints in your hands work with clay or play dough. Our Mind and body working together is the key to reprogramming your brain on the new goal you have set for yourself. If you want to move your whole body while you work on your master piece create something that is big and you have to move around to get it just right.
Helps with hand eye coordination along with moving upper parts of the body.
Helps with hand eye coordination and strengthen the muscles in the hand and forearms.
Helps with hand eye coordination and with stiff joints in hands, arms and depending on how large you work you can work all joints and muscle groups.
Sculpture,drawing and painting,and crafts all help with keeping you busy doing things that enrich your life improve on Hand and eye coordination, moving body parts to strengthen muscle groups to support aching joints and the best part of art therapy is this.
The reasons this help us so much is you are moving and it takes your brain to focus on something other than pain.
If you try this therapy don’t worry about doing it wrong there is no wrong in art just like with people we are all beautiful. Besides art is in the eyes of the beholder.
Physical Therapy are you ready for this,” I have been there and it did not work” I heard this over and over again in my group and my words are”thought it helped a little” You are either going to do the work all the time or suffer. Its plain and simple. Be aware of the mechanics of the body and the nervous system. Watch the way you move if it is creating pain or increasing your pain you may not be;
- Moving we think we know how to we have done this our whole life, we guess again unless you are trained correctly with chronic pain you don’t know. This is how I found out I was wrong. A physical therapist who had three knee replacements came and showed us three small steps to improve our lives and it started improving my life immediately.
- Standing do you stand in your pain or does your pain stand out on you. When you stand are you aware of your posture are your shoulders back, is your head up. If you are not standing and walking with good posture you my friend are walking into a fall and this will cause you more pain. I am a child of if you stick your chest out you are a hussy or a tramp. So it was hard to change my mindset there and i am so Happy I did.
- Sitting we are sitting with our backs compromised all the time for long periods. Be thoughtful are your elbows on the table, Sit up straight and now I know why.
- Sleeping or lying down when we have no aches and pains we can sleep anywhere and some people any position. You have to take cation when you are in pain so you don’t wake up in more pain. Getting enough sleep is so important, I have found if I lay to long without changing my position can add to my pain. Using pillows in the right areas will support areas without compromising joints and muscles. I use memory foam pillows and I also have many shapes, like a wedge, cylinder, squares and rounds.
Physical Therapy is not something you stop. Physical therapist are there to show us how are muscles and tendons work and how important it is to adapt this in our daily lives. Finding a therapist is done usually by your Doctor. If you are in therapy asks questions on how not why. How can I support my back what ways will best help me in my condition. A great therapist will be more than happy to share especially because this is what the know and are willing to pass it on. I have found that they are pressed for time so try to make your appointments when they are not so busy, they can talk to you when you are doing your exercises and it makes the time go faster.
If they suggest you use a walker or a cane do it or use a walking stick the issue should not be vanity, when you are working on getting in the best posture for you body and your condition.
Medicine is more than finding that magic pill, or cutting this out and you will feel better. Anyone that is in pain can tell you it is one of the worst experience and when you are in pain all the time it is often over looked by others. They become desensitized by just being around you. Not that you want pity. Support from friends and family that take time to understanding and education on why and how to help is niece. Medicine is using all the tools that we can get our hands on to keep our bodies and minds healthy.
Take your health and the movement of your body is more important to you as you get older. I say start before you are in trouble support the body and mind with, exercise, regular screening set up with your doctors recommendations and know the products that you are putting in your body. I am excited with and proud to suggest great products that I use in so many ways they help with my plan to better health and my pain management.
Integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for the Lord. Psalm 25:21