All you want when you’re in pain is for it to cease. Chronic pain absorbs anything and everything important in life, causing it to fall apart and leading to a never-ending search for respite. Whatever type of pain a person is experiencing, whether physical or mental, he/she always wants a relaxing and anxiety-free treatment to alleviate it.
Yoga has been proven to benefit people who are suffering from any type of discomfort. It relieves all sorts of pain and tension, including physical and emotional stress.
The impact is enormous! Chronic pain affects practically every aspect of everyday life, and it has been associated with disability, increased anxiety and despair, and a lower overall quality of life.
When chronic pain becomes a permanent part of a person’s life, it becomes incredibly difficult for them to not only carry out the daily chores but also to find calm, physical, and emotional rest. It immobilizes the normal life pattern.
Chronic pain and depression are typical co-occurring diseases that put people at a higher risk of committing suicide. According to a Psychological Medicine Study, 20% of people with chronic pain have suicidal thoughts. Another recent study of 2021 depicts that chronic pain may lead to depression and that depression & suicide are linked.
It proves that 60% of people committing suicide have major depression. Another published article of 2021, on The Lancet, concluded that the condition of major depression has gone even more critical after the pandemic, hence, increasing the need for its treatment on a massive scale.
Yoga for Pain Relief
Yoga is a mind-body workout that incorporates breath control, meditation, stretching and strengthening motions. What distinguishes yoga from most exercise routines is that it emphasizes both mentals, as well as physical wellness.
Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years. Several variations of yoga have emerged as a result of its history. Hatha yoga, of which there are several varieties, is the most popular version in the United States.
Yoga’s effect on pain perception and interference
Yoga can aid in the reduction of pain perception by dissociating negative emotions from pain, making it simpler for people to accept and embrace their suffering.
Medical Yoga Therapy
The application of yoga techniques for the prevention and treatment of medical disorders is known as Medical Yoga. Medical yoga involves appropriate breathing methods, mindfulness, and meditation in addition to the physical elements of yoga, which are necessary and helpful for strengthening the body.
- Yoga has been demonstrated to provide significant psychological advantages, including an increase in mental energy and good moods, a decrease in aggressiveness, depression, and anxiety.
Arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, low back pain, and a variety of other chronic pain problems can all benefit from this therapy. Research published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that a weekly yoga therapy class enhanced mobility more than normal medical therapy for 313 persons with chronic low back pain.
A healthy mind leads to a healthy body
The Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore Sano” properly expresses the necessity of a healthy mind for a healthy body. It is connected to yoga in the sense that yoga gives the mind serenity and peace. It’s a type of self-meditation that takes all negativity out from the body and so, it pacifies the mind. Yoga’s mental impacts distinguish it from conventional stretching exercises.
In the case of chronic pain, yoga is frequently connected with melancholy, mood swings, anxiety, altered perceptions, cognition, and emotional instability. This is a result of the body’s physical and physiological responses to perceived stress. All of these mental tensions can be relieved with the help of yoga.
Researchers discovered that pre-study and post-study measurements of depression had lowered as if people were taking an antidepressant, due to yoga.
Yoga as a mind-body treatment
Yoga with its emphasis on the mind-body connection provides symptom relief as well as the opportunity for people, who practice yoga, to heal and grow. Yoga, which has been shown to improve both the mind and the body, has been proven to help with stress, trauma, sadness, anxiety, addiction rehabilitation, and even personal growth.
Yoga is now being utilized in the therapy of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for those who have been victims of physical violence, sexual assault or intense trauma.
Meditation for Chronic Pain Relief
When you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones which cause inflammation and pain in your already sensitive joints. Meditation redirects your attention to something quiet and peaceful which helps to reduce inflammation and pain. It helps to disconnect the link that your mind generates with the pain.
Meditation can aid in the release of endorphins which are natural pain relievers. You’ll feel less pain since the muscles and tissues around your joints are relaxed and your brain is calmer.
As a result, yoga and meditation have been found to be incredibly beneficial in alleviating chronic pain and achieving a stable state of mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Therefore, an International Yoga Day is celebrated all across the world on June 21st to recognize the psycho-social, health and rehabilitation contributions of Yoga.