Pain is a normal sensation that acts an alert to the brain that you may be experiencing a possible injury and need to take care of yourself. Chronic pain is different! Chronic pain persists long past the initial injury has recovered, like a car alarm that continues to go off for months or even years after being triggered. This may manifest as an unpleasant feeling, a prick, tingle, sting, burn, or ache. It could be sharp or dull, located in one specific place or all over your body.
While there are no “quick fixes” to chronic pain, there are a number of coping behaviors and therapeutic modalities that have been empirically indicated for reducing pain and/or changing the nature of your relationship with pain.
Mindfulness & Pain:
You Are Not Your Pain by Vidyamala Burch & Danny Penman
Based on a simple eight-week program of mindfulness-based practices aimed to change participants relationship with pain. These mindfulness-based practices aim to soothe the brain's conditioned response to pain, anxiety, stress, exhaustion, irritability, and depression that often accompanies chronic pain and illness.