We understand that chronic pain can lead to cycles of depression, anxiety, stress, and difficulty sleeping. Our pain psychologist works with you to develop pain coping strategies to decrease pain and anxiety. Ask your pain psychologist about proven techniques such as focused breathing, muscle relaxation, biofeedback, interpersonal therapy, and guided imagery.
What is biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a mind-body technique that uses various forms of monitoring devices to create conscious control over physical processes that are normally under automatic control of the body. The processes that can be affected in this manner can include:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Heart rate variability
- Body temperature
- Breath control
- Muscle tension
- Feelings related to stress, anxiety, and pain
Once a person's body signals are recorded with the electronic devices, a biofeedback technician may recommend both physical and mental exercises to gain control. Biofeedback is most helpful to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which can have a dramatic effect on pain and quality of life.
What is guided imagery?
The mind is a powerful healing tool. Imagery or visualization has been used as a therapeutic technique for centuries. By creating images in your mind, you can reduce pain and other symptoms associated with your condition. Guided imagery is most often used as a relaxation technique. It involves sitting or lying quietly and imagining yourself in a favorite peaceful setting (maybe a beach, meadow, or forest). Imagery usually involves a program with set objectives and goals. You are guided to visualize your goals and work toward them.
Studies have shown that imagery can help the mind and body relax. It can help:
- Manage anxiety, stress, and depression
- Help reduce pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Lessen nausea
- Give you a better sense of control and well-being
Find out more about pain coping strategies by scheduling an appointment with your pain psychologist today!