What we should aim for in our recovery process and how setting the right goals can help us with that.
The most effective treatments for low back pain include exercise or multidisciplinary rehabilitation (also see Episode 06).
Passive treatments, on the other hand, have not been demonstrated to induce long-term improvements.1
This is what we know what will help in the long term. Increasing activity. Developing a set of active coping strategies.
Improving sleep also makes total sense, since over 50% of people living with chronic pain suffer from depression and there is a strong correlation between quality of sleep and depression. And depression has an impact on your recovery process.5
"Presenting, persistent, and developing sleep problems have a significant impact on recovery for those with LBP"6
According to the "2015 sleep in america poll", making sleep a priority is linked to better sleep, even among those with pain. Setting the right goals has a direct impact on your life.7
Check out the videos of the national sleep foundation about sleep and chronic pain:
Sleep and Pain: Beat the Cycle and Improve Your Sleep Today
Chronic Pain and Sleep
What is Sleep Hygiene
Relaxation is an integral component of cognitive behavioral treatment programs for chronic pain.8
-formal interventions are for example: therapy, counceling classes, support group,
relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, breathing exercices, autogenic trainingcreative activity....-
There is a lot of research how people living with chronic pain can benefit from meditation and relaxation techniques. Watch out for the next episode!
Part 1 of this episode examined what you should be aiming for in your recovery and why this is important.
Part-2 will show you proven techniques that help you in achieving what you aim for.
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