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Old 11-30-2006, 05:46 AM
Alastair Alastair is offline
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"This extract is taken from a newsletter written by Jan Sadler of PainSupport,
Pain Reducing Tip

Sound Relief!

As you know, in certain circumstances your body can release chemicals called endorphins, which are your own natural painkillers. As people with pain, one of our main aims in life should always be to encourage the production of these endorphins.

Many methods can be used to trigger the release of endorphins, such as relaxation, pleasure, distraction, and, here's a new one – sounds!

Test out this unusual method for yourself:

Close your eyes and locate the source of pain...
Make a long 'aah' or 'oh' sound for one full outbreath...
Focus on the source of pain whilst you breathe out...
Visualise the discomfort releasing out from the area of pain, through your skin, and out into the air along with the sound.

Repeat one more time.
This method will help you to breathe more slowly and deeply, this in itself will also contribute towards the reduction of pain and anxiety.


Bored? Needs some new goals? Want a new hobby/interest?

If so, log on to LeisureVision. This is an excellent not-for-profit leisure activity site. It's easy to explore and very comprehensive. The site even breaks down activities into sections that would suitable for people with pain and disability - look for the 'Home, non-active' section. If you would like ideas for a new hobby or interest the site is well worth exploring.


A Common Problem - Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Many PainSupport members have degenerative disc disease. The SpineHealth website is packed with information about this condition, plus many other spine conditions. If you have spine problems you might like to register for their regular e-mail newsletter.


More Useful Websites - packed with information about all the UK support groups. - reasonably priced organic goods, from shampoos to face creams to lipsticks. - an excellent site with a useful newsletter. Well worth looking at.


TOOL KIT - If you liked any of the above ideas why not keep them in your Tool Kit notebook or folder of self-help pain relief methods. If you haven't started one yet, do keep a special notebook or folder as your Tool Kit to remind you of techniques and skills for coping with pain. Your Tool Kit is especially useful when pain flares up, because it will help prevent anxiety and give you constructive ideas to focus upon so you can move forwards.

PainSUPPORT Contact Club

If you haven't already done so, do consider joining painSUPPORT Contact Club to find more friends. There are lots of lovely people out there who just happen to have pain in their lives but who are determined to make the most of things despite it all. YOU have much to offer them, and they have much to offer YOU. Ease the pain by sharing life's ups and downs with those who understand.

Information about the Club on the website,

Any questions about your condition?

If so, take a look at the PainSupport Discussion Forum. Ask a question, answer a question, start a discussion, join in a discussion or just read what others are saying - take a look at our Discussion Forum where you will find more support, information, interest and friendship just waiting for you to click on to it.

Hot News Tips
Did you know that your own Hot News tip could be just the thing for which someone else has been seeking for years? If you have some Hot News tips you'd like to share, feel free to Contact Us. We welcome all contributions for future issues.

Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

- - Author Unknown


Signs & Notices

On a Plumbers truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."

On a fence: "Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."

At the electric company: "We would be de-lighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don't, you will be."

- - Author Unknown

Keep smiling!

I hope you find the above ideas useful. Don't forget, I need your Hot Tips for future newsletters!

All best wishes

ADR Munich 26th July 2002 L5/S1. Aged 82 now
Your best asset is your health
My story is here
Thank goodness for Dr Zeegers I am painfree
I am here to help,I live in the UK

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