Chronic or persistent pain is debilitating and affects between 11 and 40 percent of the USA’s adult population. It is associated with depression, opioid dependency,
Understanding how pain works is your first step towards managing your current pain levels in order to improve your life. Advances in neuroscience are improving chronic pain treatment with non-invasive therapy and better outcomes for pain sufferers.
Going through challenging chronic pain affects both your physical and mental health. The importance and effects of practicing self-care, on both your physical and mental wellbeing, are widely supported and documented by neurology and psychology research. Practicing self-compassion can significantly improve both your physical and mental health.
Our physical posture also effects our thoughts, feelings, the image we have of ourselves, and the subsequent responses we receive from others. Our nervous system gets feedback from our muscles, bones, lungs and viscera. We have millions of receptors in our muscles, tendons and joints sending a steady stream of messages to our brain and nervous system about the way we carry and move our bodies.