When trying to ease pain, you can use remedies that work on both your body and mind. Learn more about these 3 simple techniques and give them a try. (Remember to talk to your doctor before beginning or revising any exercise regimen.)
Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
PMR is a type of relaxation technique. It works by tensing and relaxing all major muscle groups, one at a time. It is intended to help the body to recognize the difference between tension and relaxation. To give it a try, lay down, close your eyes and start the process with your feet. Tense each muscle group for 5 seconds, then release for 10 seconds, concentrating on how the muscles feel before and after the exercise. Then work your way up your body one muscle group at a time finishing up with your face.
Deep breathing can induce a relaxation response in your body, which in turn may reduce stress and lower blood pressure. The practice involves taking deep, slow, even breaths.
Yoga may benefit those who suffer from back pain and may help improve overall physical fitness and well-being. Get started with a beginners podcast or video, or enlist the help of a local yoga instructor near you and you’ll be Ohmming in no time.