Living With Chronic Pain

How to Make Guided Imagery Work for You

As children we use our imagination to dress up and become kings and queens, pirates, cowboys, dancers, and animals all the time. Given an empty box it becomes a lavish home or fort in the forest. But as we age those flights of fantasy become less frequent until, for most of us, they are extinguished… Continue reading How to Make Guided Imagery Work for You

Living With Chronic Pain

Guided Imagery

For those of us in pain, nothing is worse than hearing our provider say the dreaded words, “There’s nothing more we can do for you.” But as I’ve shared, there are significant ways pain can be managed that aren’t medically oriented- exercise, meditation, massage, and hypnosis. Guided imagery is another option. The theory is it acts… Continue reading Guided Imagery

Living With Chronic Pain

Breathing Exercises to Lessen Pain

Every breath impacts our health. Deeper, fuller breaths improve how we move and think. It gets life nourishing oxygen to all areas of the body. Short, shallow breaths occurs when we are stressed, anxious and in pain, diminishing the air we get into our lungs, causing the body to react as if in a “fight… Continue reading Breathing Exercises to Lessen Pain

Living With Chronic Pain

Ergonomics for the Workplace

Days filled with sitting, standing, and waking always exacerbate pain. Making nights a constant battle of treatments geared to restoring a sense of stability before it starts all over again the next morning. That’s why it's so important to implement simple ergonomic changes that can dramatically lessen the toll on our bodies. Here are some… Continue reading Ergonomics for the Workplace

Living With Chronic Pain

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is about making where we work, live, and play better suited to our individual needs in order to increase efficiency and productivity while acknowledging the importance of comfort. It doesn’t just focus on physical needs but cognitive ones as well.  It’s often thought of as just a workplace intervention but work is defined as,… Continue reading Ergonomics