How to train the brain to chronic pain
With meditation, guided imagery and hypnosis you can reduce stress and focus your mind away from the hassles. These alternative methods have crossed into mainstream medicine as effective ways to manage chronic pain without drugs. The techniques are simple to explain, but it may seem hard to do at first. In meditation, for example, you concentrate on one sound or thought, while blocking all others is harder than it looks.
In meditation, breathe slowly and deeply and focus on a single action.
Meditation is used to calm the mind by removing a torrent of thoughts and by focusing on one thing: breathing in and out, a sound like “om”, a short wish blessings to the world or the numbers 1 through 9 timed according to the breath. Sit in a quiet and comfortable place with no distractions. Close your eyes. Choose a focal point and think only of that. Breathe slowly and deeply. As other thoughts appear, but realize your center again. The longer the better meditation, but five minutes is fine for a beginner. Meditation should be done every day and it will become easier to block out the world, to reduce pain and stress and gain a sense of well being.
Choose a place that makes you feel happy and calm.
Guided imagery uses imagination to transport the mind to a place of peace and happiness. Sit comfortably, close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly and visit a place of your own creation. The scene should be where you feel happier: on the beach , in the woods, on top of a mountain. View the scene. If everyday thoughts intrude, realize and bring them to the side. Instead, begin to feel sensations such as heat from the sun, the cool breeze, the sand in your toes. Use the same scene many times until finally you can easily slide into the picture.
Choose positive words for the statements and think those statements often.
Hypnosis is practiced generally with a recording of spoken words. He gives directions to help a person to relax, to block intrusive thoughts and then to change behavior. Self-hypnosis can be done by choosing affirmations (positive statements) that deal with issues such as chronic pain. The statements should be made in the positive sense as, for example, “My body is getting stronger and more comfortable every day.”