According to SWORD Health, our new virtual pain therapy provider for ELCA-Primary health plan members, pain often isn’t just physical. It can be a combination of our emotional and physical reaction to the way the specific movements or the loss of function impact you. SWORD Health suggests these tips for tackling this mind-body connection:
- Add some gentle activity to your day. Being sedentary to avoid the painful movement can actually make your pain worse. Just a small amount of activity can result in improvements in your mood, stress and energy levels.
- Try mindfulness and meditative practices. Did you know that when you’re in pain, your brain controls where and how much it hurts? Your brain and body are inseparable, so focusing on both body and mind can help.
To help you focus on pain relief, consider this small step.
Small Step: Quiet Your Body
A 10-minute guided meditation from Deacon Tammy Devine invites you to take an intentional pause in your day to scan your body and listen to what it’s telling you, breathing out tension and inviting peace and relief in its place.
Please note: This Small Step is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment or an alternative to medical advice.Try Meditation