PondFollowing a Mind-Body approach to pain management has been known to reduce the quality and intensity of chronic pain. It will not make a structural injury (i.e., bone, tissue, organ) disappear, but typically can reduce the experience of pain, allowing for a return of enjoyment in life. It is generally agreed that pain is objective and subjective. Pain control medications fall short of addressing the psychological and subjective aspects of pain. The subjective quality of pain is influenced by memory, anticipation, emotions, etc. Using a Mind-Body approach to target the subjective aspects of pain can reduce the experience of pain significantly. The addition of a Mind-Body approach to pain management can greatly improve on-going standard medical care.

The psychological components of pain cannot be ignored. Many tools within the Mind-Body approach have been developed to help patients achieve an improved quality of life by reducing or eliminating their pain experience. Distraction has been used for hundreds of years to ease the experience of pain. Imagery works to “speak” directly with the body to change physiological functioning and reduce the experience of pain. Biofeedback has been shown to help patients learn to control subtle physiological processes which results in increased comfort and decreased pain. Each patient will have their own pain experience and therefore, the course of treatment will take into consideration the individual patient to maximize improvement.

Call Dr. Seay to see learn evidence-based treatment to decrease pain and return balance to your life.