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How to Break the Pain Cycle of Persistent Injuries

How to Break the Pain Cycle of Persistent Injuries Chronic pain activates the amygdala

and prefrontal cortex in the brain, two

areas involved with emotional processing. In order to completely cure

this type of pain, you need to

heal the brain pathways, as well. Here are the best science-backed

ways to manage pain with your mind,

according to David Schechter, M.D.,

the author of Think Away Your Pain. The first step is realizing that your

pain is coming from those obsolete

nerve pathways, not the area that hurts. You can confirm that your

injury has healed by getting an

examination from a doctor. Keep reminding yourself: The pain

is coming from a misdirected route

in your brain, not your body. Avoiding activities like running and

biking in fear of triggering symptoms

can make the problem worse. To help the brain unlearn this

fear, reintroduce the activities

you've been avoiding. Stress and tension can make

the pathways that cause

chronic pain more sensitive. Dr. Schechter recommends journaling

for 10-15 minutes a day about your stress,

as well as what's making you feel grateful. Alleviating negative feelings

and encouraging positive

ones helps diminish pain.