1 way to handle pain

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by Dr. Spencer Baron No Comments

Neck painSecrets of the physical and mental game.

There are two sources of pain.  Physical, such as injury and Emotional, such as heartache.  Both are a perception, an awareness, an opinion based on your very own personal assessment of a situation.

Have you ever “Thrown in the towel”? Given in to the injury? Succumbed to the anguish? Just stopped short of reaching your goal?  Due to: Anxiety – Panic – Grief – Remorse – Depression.

It’s fascinating to watch what happens to two athletes that sustain the same (or similar) injury. One will give up; the other will work around it.

I’ve had patients sustain wickedly painful injuries and recover quickly; others maintain their injury status for a lifetime.  What makes the difference? Their mindset.

I am not saying “it’s all in your mind,” and telling you to “get over it.” I am saying that mental perception to an event and the way you process that pain CAN be modulated. You have control!

Here is a suggestion that a high school friend uses on Post Traumatic Stress victims. He’s in the Middle East and his patients are high risk, Iraqi females that are suffering from:

  • Loss of family members
  • Forced relocation
  • New responsibilities in providing for their family
  • Added dependant family members
  • Witnessed killing
  • Jarring of traditionally supportive communities
  • Poor access to medical care

Solutions: Managing your thoughts about the condition is paramount.

Distractions are superior!

Long term action steps:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
    • Running
    • Weight training

 Short term action steps:

  • Going to the movies
  • Comedy
  • Having projects to complete
  • Being with friends
  • Music
  • Showering

Feeling down about your pain and what it has done to your family life or career only increases your sense to that pain. A good coach, friend(s) or therapist is invaluable.

What do you do for distraction?

Doc B

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