21 Surprising Ways to Ease Pain

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Stacey Colino on Aug 1, 2012 at 5:31PM

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21 Surprising Ways to Ease Pain

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Put Your Anger in Writing

When people with chronic pain express their anger on paper, they experience greater improvement in their pain and mood than those who write about personal goals, according to Pennsylvania State University research. “The idea is to bring your feelings, which may be under the radar, into your conscious mind,” explains Jeffery Gross, M.D., a clinical associate professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. “One theory is this improves blood flow to the muscles; another is that it reduces nervous system activity—but how or why this works isn’t as important as that it does.” His advice: Make a list of things that make you angry, look at it once a day and add to it as needed.

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