Your body has the ability to rewire itself. You can actually interrupt the pain process by controlling your body’s reaction once the pain message reaches the brain. These exercises provide a starting point for learning how to control pain at home.
These techniques can help you reduce pain to a level you can tolerate. They can be used for pain after surgery, muscle pain, headaches or any other pain.
This exercise can help you relax all the muscles in your body, beginning with your feet and moving up to your head. Practicing this for 10 minutes twice a day can help you re-enter a relaxed state more easily, even in times of stress.
Understanding how and where your body stores stress lets you focus on these areas and relax them whenever you want to feel better. This at-home treatment involves visualizing the muscles and parts of your body one by one then relaxing them, from your head to your toes.
You have the power to relieve some of your own pain through the quick and easy at-home technique of progressive muscle relaxation. Simply notice and release tension from the muscles in your body, one by one, starting at the top of your head and moving down to the bottom of your feet.
The Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing; This information is made possible by a generous gift from Pat and Keith Libbey, Susan Libbey Crosby, Jonathan Libbey and the Libbey Foundation.
The Penny George™ Institute for Health and Healing staff; Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC (Holistic Baccalaureate Nurse-Board Certified)