Teen Pain Management
As well as using any medication your doctor has prescribed for pain you can also try some activities to help with any pain or discomfort you may feel.
Try some of the alternative pain management techniques listed below to help relieve some of the discomfort:
- Guided Imagery
- Colour Breathing
Keeping your breathing calm and even helps to relax your mind and body. When we are sore or anxious we tend to hold out bodies tensely, and ironically this can actually increase these sensations. Breathing calmly can help your body to relax feel less discomfort, or you fell less bothered by it. Try breathing down into your diaphragm (belly) for the count of 4, hold your breath for the count of 2, and breathe out for the count of 4. Keep repeating this until you start to breathe slowly naturally.
Using your imagination go to a favourite place in your mind, it could be the beach, forest, bedroom, on the sports field… where ever that is for you.
Focus on tuning into all your senses and imagine what you would see, hear, touch and feel, smell, taste… In your mind explore your favourite place and feel like you are really there. Let your mind wander around, go for a walk. You could even decide to write down what you see and experience in a journal.
Keeping your mind busy with other things makes it difficult for your mind to also focus on any discomfort you are feeling. Do something you enjoy or something you find absorbing. Some suggestions are playing games or apps, watching movies, listening to your favourite music, talking with friends…
Focus on the part of your body that feels discomfort or pain and imagine what colour, shape and what it is made of i.e. purple round and spongy. Ask your body what it needs there instead i.e. green round and airy. Imagine breathing out the discomfort with its colour and form, and imagine breathing in the colour and form that is needed.
Often when we feel pain we hold our bodies tense or we are scared at the same time as feeling pain. A way to release tension or scared feelings is to make a big sigh. This can also help you breathe in a more calm way again.