Your pain is all in your head!
Not really.. Pain is both a physical and psychological experience. Often times we can minimize the feeling of physical pain through certain techniques that target our thoughts, emotions, or behaviors. The brain plays such a central role in the pain process and “there are a number of self-management techniques for pain”, according to Dr. Brian Kessler, our Medical Director at Spine and Sports.
Dr. Kessler’s Techniques for Managing Pain
Self-management techniques can give a person an increased sense of control over his or her pain. According to Dr. Kessler, “This can help to reduce pain levels, and with less pain, a person is able to function better.” In summary, while pain isn’t completely in your head, there are actions you can take to help yourself psychologically manage your physical pain.