Free Pain Relief Tips for Women
The chemicals responsible for the sensation of pain are worsened with stress, and relieved by relaxation. Learning the skill of getting into a good frame of mind is critical in managing pain, especially for women who are struggling with the multiple responsibilities of work and home.
Most pain can be relieved by the careful application of the tools already available to you. They are located in your own body, and the vicious cycle of stress often prevents you from gaining access to the many benefits of your natural pain killers.
This article deals with The Big Two: the lungs, and muscle relaxing skills.
Although the body may seem complex, it is also a very logical organization that makes a lot of sense when understood in its own terms. The terms defined here are the relaxation breathing techniques, and the creation of conditions that release nerves from an entrapped position. If they seem related, it’s because they are.
Muscles can do only one thing: they contract. When they are in a state of continuous stress, the contraction is likely to continue until it pinches off a nerve. Then the brain gets the painful message that there is a problem in that area. By that time, range of motion has been lost, and a series of adaptations have happened that the conscious mind is unaware of.
It is a fact that tension in the muscles of lung support cause mental tension. This, in turn, causes the muscle to tighten. It also shortens the breath, reducing oxygen in the blood.
By lengthening the breath , respiratory muscles and the mind both relax.
By controlling your environment for a period of time, you can experiment with the kind of music that causes your mind to relax. This is critical for the technique to work.
You should be able to find the kind of sounds/music that release mental tension and promote long, smooth inhalations and long, smooth exhalations. By moving and breathing at the same time (especially with pleasant, relaxing sounds in your ears), it stimulates the lymph to move. Lymph only moves with muscle movement and breathing at the same time. Think tai chi–it is the science of preventative healing.
Lymph movement is the first part of releasing nerve entrapments. Relaxation is the second. It must be authentic relaxation, sustained for a period of time.
It encourages blood flow, the critical element in this discussion.
Muscles tighten and guard with stress to protect the body in the short term. When they can’t let go because of the chronic stressful conditions, the guarding response backfires. Blood is then unable to get into tight areas in order to do the needed repair work.
The best thing to do is to move blood into areas that are uncomfortable. Gently hold a posture of your choosing until there is a change/reduction in the pain level. Breathe through the discomfort; you can “grow” into a new relationship with your pain that is more balanced, and it is better than trying to avoid it.
1) Locate your painful area while listening to soothing sounds.
2) Hold it gently with your hand and make your breathing smooth and long.
3) Change to another gentle posture, and repeat. Do this until you feel better. Practice often.
It is important that the posture chosen be appropriate for your physical condition, and for your temperament. That is why specific postures are not recommended here. It is better to choose your own, as it develops an important health skill–the ability to trust your body.
This advice is not intended to replace any working therapy. In fact, it is strongly recommended that these tips be exercised in various therapeutic environments for optimal results.