Everyone experiences pain at some point, and many people suffer from conditions that cause chronic pain at some point in their lives. Anyone who has experienced chronic pain before knows how it can affect different aspects of their lives – from working to sleeping to performing essential activities. Research has also shown chronic pain causes more than just physical discomfort. It can also affect your memory and your ability to concentrate.
How Pain and Concentration Intertwine
In recent years, a variety of studies have examined different age groups experiencing chronic pain, comparing the effects of the pain and assessing how memory and concentration are impaired. A study done in Alberta, Canada, suggests that pain disrupts the body’s maintenance of the memory trace that is essential in holding information for processing and retention. Participants found their pain so distracting that they could not focus, which in turn impaired their memories during the period of the study.
Chronic pain is a nuisance that many people tolerate, attempting to live with the pain, but this is not necessary. There are many different treatment methods that can ease the effects of these conditions and allow you to live your life on your own terms.
Treating Chronic Pain
There aren’t always cures for chronic pain, but there are things you can do to make life easier, and better. Physical therapy is a great way to reduce pain, and a skilled physical therapist can teach you a regimen that’s easy to follow on your own. For cases where the pain is even more intense, some treatment facilities offer aquatic physical therapy. The warm water and slowed movements make the process easier on your body and far more therapeutic.
Certain pain management techniques can also make your life easier. From steroid injections and spinal cord stimulators to electromyography and medication, there are a number of treatment options that can relieve pain without invasive surgical procedures.
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