Everyone can make a New Year’s resolution – right? The tricky part is actually sticking to it and resolving whatever the issue is at hand! When back pain and sciatica are involved in your life it can complicate your plans and their is no exception to the rule when it comes to goals or resolutions! Below are some tools from About.com which may help make keeping your New Year’s resolutions easy, fun and rewarding…
1. Posture and Core Fitness
If good posture, stress management, “me time”, or injury healing is your goal, then knowing how to establish core support can offer the foundation from which you can maintain your efforts. Use this practice to release unnecessary tension and before you do Pilates or other abdominal fitness work. The practice is very relaxing, as well.
2. Head, Neck and Shoulder Tension
If your target area is in your neck, shoulders and/or head, there are some guided imagery and simple movements that can be very effective in releasing the tension that causes pain. The key to using guided imagery is to relax, yet remain alert.And don’t forget to stretch. Just remembering to take time out of your day to stretch your neck or back can make a noticeable difference in your tension level.
3. Taking Personal Responsibility for Chronic Pain
The resolution to take responsibility for chronic pain can be a challenging road, because you are making a commitment to be alert and present through your journey toward the health of your spine. When you take responsibility for your pain, you are to be commended – for your refusal to back down from the obstacles that bar you from using your personal resources to regain your wellness. Taking Personal Responsibility for Chronic Pain offers an orientation to self-empowering behavior in the face of this challenging situation.
For many people with chronic pain, getting their physicians to listen to them and respect what they have to say is the biggest challenge of all. Have you thought of assertiveness training? Learning how to be assertive requires practice in speaking up for yourself. But this tool can help you get want you need from your medical practitioners.
5. Breathing Techniques
Many pain management programs include breathing exercises to help control the pain reaction. Understanding how breathing works may prove helpful in keeping yourself motivated to do your exercises.