Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Some people prefer treatment options that complement traditional medicine such as acupuncture or herbal supplements that can help you stay healthy, feel better, and manage medical problems safely. To ensure the best possible treatment, please talk to us about your options.
There is a strong link between your thoughts and emotions and your physical and mental health. Both pleasant and unpleasant thoughts can affect your body. Becoming aware of how your thoughts affect you is a powerful step toward improving your health.
Mind-body medicine provides an effective way to manage a variety of symptoms including pain, anxiety, and stress, often without the use of medication. Mind-body programs can also help prevent disease, speed recovery from illness, improve a sense of well-being, and may even extend your life. You can use a variety of techniques in mind-body medicine:
While there are many similarities between medications and mind-body prescriptions, the mind-body approach offers some major advantages:
You don't have to choose between medications or mind-body medicine. You can use either or both. In fact, mind-body techniques can enhance the effectiveness of appropriate medications and other medical treatment.
A stress-free life is not realistic for most of us, but there are many benefits associated with using mind-body medicine including:
Everyone responds differently to the causes of positive and negative stress. Though there are many different types of tension, anxiety, fear, and fatigue, there are also many different ways to relax.
Most of us react to stress with both our bodies and minds. Notice the type of tension you feel and match your relaxation strategy to the type of tension you feel. This will help you relax more easily.
There are 2 primary modes of reacting, although you may experience both of these at different times.
Body reactors are people who tend to experience stress more in their bodies. These people may have:
For body tension, you might try muscle relaxation, walking, deep breathing, or a hot bath or sauna.
Mind reactors are people who tend to suffer from:
If this kind of worry and mental fatigue is your problem, you might try:
Whether you're dealing with mind or body stress, you can experiment to find what works best for you and be sure to balance the stresses of your life with leisure activities you enjoy.
Guided imagery is a type of relaxation in which you use your imagination and relaxation to create calming, energizing, or healing responses in your body. Relaxation and imagery can help you:
You can do imagery on your own and you do not need any special equipment. It's free, and it can be done anywhere, at any time.
There is a strong connection between your breathing and emotions. Changing your breathing can help you:
Most of the time we take our breathing for granted. But becoming aware of the link between your breathing and your emotional states can help put you more in control. Try this:
Breathing in a relaxed way helps reduce tension, pain, anxiety, or anger. When you feel stressed or in a bad mood, notice your breathing. Awareness and control of your breathing can be a powerful way to gain control over stress and emotions.
Optimism and pessimism are learned habits. Changing how you think and talk can improve your physical and emotional well-being. Deliberately creating a positive outlook has many benefits:
Want to improve your mood and overall happiness? Try one of these techniques:
Often using these simple techniques or asking yourself these simple questions is enough to shift your perspective and lighten your mood.
Laughter is not only enjoyable, it is good for you. It improves your mood by releasing tension. There is nothing like a great laugh to sweep away the stress of daily life.
There are many benefits to enjoying humor and laughter regularly. You may experience:
In addition, laughter provides exercise for your heart and cardiovascular system.
Not all humor is positive and healthful. Watch out for the following kinds of negative humor and avoid them:
These can be used to create hostile, cynical, and resentful feelings and are harmful to others.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.