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Coping with Pain
Coping with Pain

P ain is an unfortunate fact of life for many people. Medications, balms and salves can help, but don't discount the power of your own mind to relieve pain and ease suffering. Clinical psychologist offer these techniques to cope with pain quickly, wherever you happen to be.

Redirect your thoughts. Steer them to maximize short- and long-term pleasure... minimize short- and long-term pain. "I will go to the gym and work out for half an hour. I won't be ruled by pain."

Instruct yourself to think and behave in a functional way. "I will take a walk to increase the circulation of blood in my legs, bring oxygen to my tissues and lift my mood."

Decatastrophize. Reframe your pain as less terrible than it feels. "I've been here before. I'm in charge. I can handle it."

Distort your perception of pain. Use your imagination to transform your experience of how pain feels. Shift your attention to sensations, thoughts or feelings that are easier to cope with. Let these new thoughts generate sensations that oppose the pain.

Example: When pain strikes, imagine that one of your hands is immersed in ice water. Concentrate on telling your hand to become totally numb. Then place your hand on the part of your body that hurts most. Imagine the numbness flowing into the part of your body that needs pain relief. If you can't reach that place, such as your back, put your hand on your stomach and let the cold flow through your body to your back.

Distract yourself. Refuse to pay attention to the pain. Ignore it like an annoying car alarm. Shift your attention elsewhere. Tell yourself, "I will concentrate on the sensation of rubbing my fingers together... focus attention on my breathing... squeeze my tension into a fist, then relax my hand and let the tension fly out."

Study the pain sensations as if they were separate from you. Tell yourself, "No pain lasts forever." The pain may still be there, but the suffering will be less.


FSM
Electronic Pain Reduction

Data collection study, FSM Microcurrent Therapy Lynn A. Wallace, PT (1990)

 94% of the 1531 patients experienced a reduction in pain during the first treatment.

No side effects or increase in symptoms were reported. The overall results were remarkably similar when comparing the first 200 / 400 and 800 cases to the final total of 1531 cases.
Pain reduction occurring after the patient left the clinic was not recorded as pain reduction during treatment.
Patients who discontinued their treatments after significant progress (i.e. pain decrease from 10 to 3) but, before reaching a pain free state, were recorded as failures.

Similarly, patients whose treatment was discontinued by their physician before reaching a pain free state were recorded as failures.
96% response in pain relief.
88% pain free within 10 treatments.
12 types of acute injuries tested, average pain free = 4 treatments.
Acute radiating cervical pain, average pain free = 3.5 treatments.
Acute lower back pain, average pain free = 4.5 treatments

The following list of criteria was followed:

 

Patients were asked to rate their pain on a subjective pain scale (0 to 10, with 10 being unbearable pain).
Decreases in pain that were achieved after patients left the clinic were not included.
Biphasic current was used almost exclusively (negative current was used on selected cases with referred spinal pain).
Electrode probes and pads were used.
Daily treatment was encouraged, therefore, the total treatments rendered represent approximately that many days of treatment.
Medication was not altered.
No other modalities (heat, ice, electricity, or mechanical traction) were used.
Instructions such as positioning and avoidance were presented during the first treatment.
Worker's Compensation Injuries Study (283 patients)

 Control group on conventional therapy (hot, cold packs, massage) avg. # of treatments for back to work =20.7

Microcurrent only: avg. # of treatments for back to work =8.7
Microcurrent and conventional therapy: avg. # of treatments back to work =8.6
Result: 237 % accelerated healing response.

 Research has shown that pulsed electronic stimulation at specific frequencies (FSM) and very subtle intensity levels (less than 400ua) has the ability to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main energy fuel essential for cellular regeneration and healing. Higher stimulation intensities such as those required to cause muscle contraction and temporary pain blocking with conventional TENS Units actually decrease ATP production.

 
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