There are some great strategies that can help to dial your pain response back down. These include an understanding of the pain system (including that pain doesn’t always equal tissue damage), graded exercise and mindfulness strategies such as meditation and journaling. We’ll dive a bit more into these in the coming weeks, but all these approaches are designed to help your brain become less reactive to the messages it receives.
Another importance factor in successfully retraining and down regulating your pain response, is a great coach. This can be a health professional such as an Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist, Doctor or Nurse and is someone who understands pain science and can help guide you through your journey.
Get in touch if would like more information on how the Exercise Physiologists at Body Connect Exercise Physiology can help!
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