A pain flare-up can make it extremely difficult to cope. Divert your attention from the pain with these distraction methods.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an extremely painful condition, which currently affects up to 1 in 3,800 people in the UK each year. As an experienced CRPS lawyer firm, we fully understand how much of an impact the condition has on a sufferer’s everyday life. During pain flare-ups, many sufferers will reach for the tablets to reduce their painful symptoms, however, there are other methods which can be introduced, such as distraction techniques, to alleviate pain in a more natural way. Although distraction methods don’t remove the pain completely, they can divert the sufferer’s attention, so that they begin to focus on something other than the pain itself. To find out more about distraction methods and how you can utilise them to reduce your CRPS symptoms, continue reading.
Distraction techniques are great for diverting your attention when the pain becomes too much to bear. There are probably things in your life that have taken your full attention away from your pain without you even realising; such as cooking or watching television. Rather than reaching for the tablets and being alone when your pain worsens, try to distract yourself with one of the activities we have listed below:
Counting forwards or backwards has the potential to fully divert your attention from the pain you feel, much like when people are feeling stressed. Try challenging yourself by counting in multiples to fully distract yourself.
Breathing is also a method used by people who experience stress or anxiety as it has the ability to fully relax your body. If your pain is feeling particularly worse, breathing slowly can alleviate your symptoms and force you to concentrate on something else in a rhythmic way.
Reading a book is a fun way to engage in something other than the pain you feel. If you find reading a physical book tiring, try an audiobook as you will be able to listen and relax at the same time. Make sure you choose a book that’s fully engaging, otherwise thoughts of pain will return to the forefront of your mind.
If you’re particularly artsy and creative, give drawing or colouring a try. When colouring and creating, you will have to focus your attention fully on ensuring everything is in proportion and aesthetically pleasing. There are adult colouring books available if you’re looking for something more challenging.
Walking is a great form of light exercise to alleviate pain, which also has calming qualities; escaping from your house for half an hour to get some fresh air can boost your overall mood. If you have a dog, take them with you! Just make sure you don’t overdo it by walking for a very long period of time. Instead, take it easy and pace yourself.
Photography is something you can do sitting down or standing up, which makes it fully comfortable to you. Taking photographs of people, wildlife, buildings or anything else that interests you is a great distraction method and, at the end of the day, you get to keep a portfolio of your work!
All in all, distraction techniques are a great way to potentially reduce your pain and, although it hasn’t been proven that these methods do work, many CRPS patients have reported that they have noticed a positive difference.
If you, or somebody you know, suffers with the condition, give one of the methods outlined in this blog a try and let us know how you get on. Alternatively, if you have any recommendations for distracting your attention from pain, comment in the section below!
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