Pain has a way of overtaking the brain, and at times you may feel it is all you can think about. Your pain might be so unbearable that it makes a simple task, such as folding laundry, seem daunting.
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An invisible illness is one that is unseen to the naked eye. People in pain often have a difficult time explaining their pain to loved ones because, on the outside, they still look the same. Without any obvious signs of physical injury (such as a cast, using walking aids or having visible scars) it may be difficult for people to understand that there is still something serious happening inside of your body.
Chronic pain is linked to our minds through emotions, memory, experiences and mood, and in this way, a form of exercise that targets both the mind and body simultaneously can prove to be extremely beneficial for chronic pain. Yoga is one example of an effective pain-reducing exercise, as it does just that – it exercises both the mind and body.
You may have heard of the numerous health benefits associated with yoga, and perhaps you’re open to trying a class but not sure where to start. Not all types of yoga are beneficial for people living with chronic pain. Getting started with the right type of class, and setting realistic expectations will ensure you reap the intended benefits of yoga for chronic pain and its connection to the brain.
Pain that lasts for more than three to six months is considered to be chronic pain. One in five people suffer from chronic pain, and more than half of these individuals may have had pain for more than 10 years.