We all hate experiencing pain and so want to reduce it as soon and effectively as possible. The following 6 ways include mental tricks and unusual home remedies that you could use to relieve some of the most common pains.
Try these strange and simple methods next time you feel pain, you'll be suprised of how well they work :-)
1 - Swear Away the Pain
There's a reason you always resort to screaming obscenities when you experience meet pain becuase expressing the hurt vocally out loud is one of the best ways to relieve it :-)
Studies show that we become better able of handling pain when we express the feeling vocally. If you're someone who isn't a constant swearer, allowing yourself to shout curse words when you stub a toe or run a knee into a sharp corner releases an effect on your brain similar to that of drugs like Oxycodone and Morphine. It helps to relieve the instantaneous ache with a release unlike your body is used to.
2 - Tense & Relax Muscle for relief
When we feel pain, our initial instinctual response is to tense our body and shield ourselves from the pain. While this usually causes us more pain and making us more vulnerable to pain as we try to resist. The act of tensing and relaxing actually helps to combat it.
It's a natural reaction to tense up your entire body—but relaxing will eliminate the pain, just as calming yourself after any expected pain relieves stress. When you anticipate, or are experiencing pain, tighten and tense your muscles. After a few seconds, when you release and allow the pressure to subside, the pain fades along with the tension in your body.
3 - Give a Cough or Two
In a study where children were asked to cough during an administered vaccination, they were less fearful and reported feeling less pain. Because the children felt the power of the cough within their bodies, they were distracted from the short prick of the needle as the shot took place.
Although it may not remove the pain entirely, giving a great cough in the midst of perceived or expected pain can reduce both worry and feeling.
4 - Touch Your Wound
There's no better remedy for healing quickly than touching the source of your pain. Surgeons recommend rubbing stitched wounds, and therapists of all kinds suggest touching spots of injury until they're comfortable with movement again, but sometimes the best medicine is getting touchy-feely.
When you have a wound or an area that aches, try to gently massage it. The more we grasp onto whatever it is that hurts, the better we are able to handle the the physical effects of the injury. By rubbing and touching the spot that's in pain, the more we "ease" the soreness back into our bodies, alleviating the original ache.
5 - Get into a Sexual Mindset
Want to get your mind off of the pain? Think about what it is that brings you the most pleasure: think about sex.
According to WebMD, when you visualize an enjoyable and pain-free memory, you are more likely to forget about the injury at hand. In previous research studies, those who reminisced about sexual fantasies or experiences found themselves in enjoyable mental states, completely forgetting about what it was that caused them pain.
This method not only relieves pain, but also makes it easier to tolerate prolonged periods of anguish. When you elicit a positive emotional response, whether in the face of something painful or not, the pain is minimized and the pleasure highlighted. Of course, as WedMD notes, you have to choose a powerfully positive experience—otherwise, an overwhelming sense of physical pain can't be overwhelmed by the positive.
And finally, having sex is great for eliminating migraines too.
6 - Zap it away
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