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Iíve found a lot of relief by using pressure points

Acupuncture and therapeutic massage works great but is a bit speedy.

Pressure points can be just as effective .... and you can do it yourself at home.

Win win!

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Gratitude and yoga help a lot!

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Here's something that might be beneficial for all of us to tryout:

Beneficial Yoga Techniques to Help You Cope with Pain
When a traditional practice is out of the question physically, I recommend these relaxation techniques to help cope with pain.

Gratitude Practice
When pain takes over, loving and appreciating your body can be a difficult task. Find a comfortable position, either seated or reclined, supported with props as needed. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. Take long, slow breaths, aiming to match the length of the inhalation to the length of the exhalation. After a few breaths, shift your focus to a specific area of the body, such as the one causing you pain. Send healing thoughts and offer gratitude for that body part. Maybe it's the back that has carried so much proverbial weight through life and now suffers from a herniated disc. Maybe it's the ankle that allowed you to walk your first 5K but is now plagued by osteoarthritis. Rather than fall into a pattern of resentment with the areas of that body where you feel physical pain, offer gratitude and healing energy instead.

Guided Savasana
Lie down, either on the floor (if possible) or in bed. Use props as needed to make yourself feel comfortable. Close your eyes and focus on your breath. After 10 breaths, start to focus on your toes. Imagine them relaxing as you exhale and receiving fresh, new energy as you inhale. Move your way up your body, stopping on every body part and breathing as long as necessary. With each inhale, send healing energy and breath to that body part, and with each exhale, send the pain and negative energy away from your body. Once you've reached your head, remain in savasana for as long as desired, keeping the eyes closed and focusing on the breath. You can also do this practice sitting up or with a focus on a specific area of the body

Alternate Nostril Breathing
Use alternate nostril breathing to divert attention from pain and create a feeling of calmness in the body. Find a comfortable seated position. Place your left hand in your lap and take your right hand and bend in your index and middle fingers, keeping your pinkie, ring finger and thumb extended. Place your thumb on the right side of your nose, pressing to close off the nostril. Close your eyes. Take a long, slow inhale through your left nostril. Pause, holding that inhale, as you use your pinkie and ring fingers to close the left nostril and exhale slowly through the right nostril. Next, take a long, slow inhale on the right side, then close off the right side and slowly exhale through your left nostril. Switch: Inhale on the left, closing the right. Exhale on the right and then inhale on the right, keeping the left side closed. Then switch sides and exhale on the left. Repeat for 10 breaths, focusing on the rhythm of your breath. Keeping your eyes closed, place your hands in your lap and continue to breathe slowly, evenly and deeply for another 5-10 breaths. Slowly open your eyes.


from this spark article... How Yoga Helps Relieve Pain
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1821&page=4


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