Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Your Attitude and Chronic Pain

How Positive Thoughts Can Decrease Pain

Do you have a bad attitude? It’s normal to be negative once in a while. If you’re a glass-half-empty type of person every day, though, it may be increasing the amount of pain you feel.

According to results from a previous study, people with chronic pain who think positive thoughts are more likely to sleep better and feel less pain in their daily lives. The study examined 214 people with chronic jaw or face pain that is often linked to stress. All participants were females with an average age of 34.

After filling out questionnaires on their own sleep quality, depression, pain levels and emotional responses, researchers were able to correlate the participants’ negative thinking with both poor sleep and worse pain.

“We’ve found that people who ruminate about their pain and have more negative thoughts about their pain don’t sleep as well,” said study leader Luis Buenaver, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in a HealthDay article. “The result is they feel more pain.”

These findings are also aligned with the pain conditions commonly associated with stress that include:
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Neck and back pain
  • Stress headaches
The results of the study are significant because they show the impact the mind can have on the body’s physical pain levels. Something as simple as thinking positive thoughts can play a role in decreasing your chronic back or neck pain throughout your daily life.

“It may sound simple, but you can change the way you feel by changing the way you think,” said Buenaver. 

Other surprising lifestyle changes can ease back pain, too. For example, dark chocolate has been seen to reduce painful inflammation in the body, along with other foods. Like us on Facebook to check out our articles, like:
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