Author: Estelle

What is Reiki? Can it Provide me with Pain Relief?

  Reiki is a modern-day Japanese healing art which was developed in the early 1920’s, and the name is made up of two Japanese words: Rei which means “Higher Power or Wisdom of God” and ki which means “energy of life force”. The practice of Reiki is intended to promote health and healing by relaxation and the release of stress, a mind-body method of inducing wellness. Reiki theory states that this can be achieved by the laying of hands to get a person’s life-force flowing properly. If life-force energy is low, a person can become depressed and ill. Unlike...

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Can You Talk Away Your Physical Pain?

  An interesting new approach to effective pain relief that is gathering steam in the medical world is that of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) , a form of talking therapy that can help you identify and create the necessary skills and behaviors necessary to change negative thoughts and detrimental patterns of behaving. According to CBT, the underlying theory is that individuals create and manipulate their own experiences, including pain; outside events are not responsible. By challenging and changing these negative thinking processes and negative behaviors, you can change your awareness of things such as pain and develop more effective...

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Can Pain be Managed by Mood Regulation?

  Everybody knows that stress, bad moods, and depression can all cause pain; depression in particular can cause a person to feel lower back pain or generalised pain all over. Among psychiatrists and psychologists, this mind-body connection has been known and studied for quite a while, and professionals in both fields have found that people who are good at regulating their emotions tend to be happier and more successful. Happier people also tend to feel less pain, or they are able to pay less attention to pain and continue on with their daily tasks. We all use emotional regulation...

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What is Biofeedback? Can it help me alleviate Chronic Pain?

  Biofeedback or biofeedback training is an alternative medicine method where you learn to control functions of your body with your mind.  For example, one such function that you may learn to control is your heart rate. According to David Barlow and Vincent Mark Durand, authors of the 2009 book Abnormal psychology: an integrative approach, a more formal definition of biofeedback is “the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions primarily using instruments that provide information on the activity of those same systems, with a goal of being able to manipulate them at will.” During the biofeedback...

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Aromatherapy for Pain Relief?

  When it comes to the mind-body connection, aromatherapy can play a huge role when it comes to effective pain relief. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, professor of surgery at Columbia University in New York City, aromatherapy helps reduce feelings of pain, feelings of anxiety and can further reduce recovery times after surgery. He stated: “Aromatherapy is effective because it works directly on the amygdala, the brain’s emotion center. This has important consequences because the thinking part of the brain can’t inhibit the effects of the scent, meaning you feel them instantaneously.” In a recent article on www.oprah.com ,...

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