Living with physical pain has far-reaching effects on both your body and mind. While the focus is typically on healing the body, which is crucial, physical pain’s toll on mental health is sometimes overlooked.
Dr. Jason Chiu, medical director at The Painless Center in Tenafly and Carlstadt, New Jersey, understands how deeply physical pain can affect the body and mind. He and his team have a wealth of experience using the latest advancements in pain management to treat physical pain.
Treating physical pain quickly and efficiently can help you avoid its effect on your mental health. Read on to learn more about the mental side of physical pain and what you can do to protect your mind.
The link between physical pain and your mental health
Research has long proven a strong link between your body and your mind. When your body undergoes stress or pain, it can also take a toll on your mental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical help and has been associated with poor mental health.
In a 2017 research article, scientists observed a significant overlap in cases of chronic pain and depression. Studies revealed that up to 85% of people with chronic pain also suffer from severe depression.
Chronic pain conditions that can affect your mental health
Certain chronic pain conditions appear more likely to affect your mental health than others. Some of the most commonly associated include:
- Back and neck pain
- Chronic migraines
- Menstrual pain
- Multiple sclerosis
Treatment for the mental effects of physical pain
If you’ve lived with physical pain for some time, in addition to seeking treatment for it, it’s advisable to also seek therapeutic remedies for your mind. Joining a support group, speaking to a therapist, and picking up relaxing habits like yoga and meditation can help. However, finding the root cause of your pain is key to healing both body and mind.
Other tips for coping with the mental effects of physical pain include:
- Exercising safely and regularly — a 30-minute walk every day is a great place to start
- Having a healthy and nutritious diet
- Getting between seven and nine hours of sleep every night
- Confiding with friends and family about the mental struggles you’re going through
- Practicing mindfulness
We understand that living with chronic physical pain can be debilitating. The good news is, you can consider several options to treat your pain at The Painless Center. We are fully equipped to handle most forms of physical pain with care, expertise, and compassion. Get started on your healing journey by making an appointment online or calling 201-592-7246.