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Social Connection and Chronic Disease
Feeling isolated or lonely increases the risk for most chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, dementia, and chronic pain. Isolation is as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, and is 2x more dangerous than being obese. The right types of connection can make all of the difference for people looking to prevent or recover from chronic conditions.
Peer Support has been proven to help people with the most difficult chronic conditions. When it comes to chronic pain, peer support provides an opportunity to help individuals get the care and attention they need, when they need it.
Taking charge of one's health is essential to recovering from chronic pain. Empowering self-management education has been proven to reduce pain and improve confidence in dealing with life's challenges as part of an overall strategy in reducing chronic disease burden.
Long-term chronic pain can change the brain in very real ways. Just as our nervous systems can become conditioned to experience more pain, certain techniques based in neuroscience can help to reverse these effects. Well-researched techniques in mindfulness and meditation can reverse these effects and increase resilience to multiple chronic conditions, including chronic pain.
Chronic pain can lead to other conditions like anxiety and depression. Likewise, changes in mood can impact suffering from chronic pain directly. Psychotherapeutic approaches are well proven to improve pain symptoms and quality of life for those with long-term chronic pain, as part of a comprehensive biopsychosocial pain model.
Our bodies are used to regular movement, and our sedentary lifestyles play a role in the high prevalence of chronic pain. Targeted physical activity, with proper pacing and in well-controlled settings, can reduce symptoms of pain-related disability.
How we treat our bodies matters, and specific techniques from the field of Lifestyle Medicine are applicable for those suffering from chronic pain. What we eat and how we act can impact how resilient our bodies are to the effects of various pain signals.