Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Manage pain.

These strategies are clear from yesterday's post.
  • Remember to breathe. Our bodies need oxygen.
  • Focusing on breath such as meditation or mindfulness should bring about calm and increase oxygen.
  • Controlled breathing (out twice as long as in) for short periods several times a day should activate the parasympathetic nervous system and oxygenate while bringing about a sense of calm.
  • A diet rich in antioxidants which are oxygen free radical scavengers should reduce the pain of CRPS and help to bring about local oxygen homeostasis.
  • Capsaicin cream, made from chillis, can help inhibit the release of substance p which is a neurotransmitter that helps ramp up the pain.
These are strategies for overall improvement and, although they help in times of major flare ups, I use them daily as part of my management plan.

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