Group Focuses On Helping Restrain Chronic Pain


We all go through pains, but that doesn’t mean we have to suffer.

Young or old, we all deal with pain on one level or another. Whether it be physical or mental, one group is looking to put an ease to it.

“We talk about sleep, we talk really on the whole spectrum of wellness, physical wellness, physical activity nutrition and distraction techniques,” SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist Nikki Prosch said.

That group is Better Choices, Better Health South Dakota: a series of workshops focusing on the betterment of human health. One of the workshops they host focuses on chronic pain. One of the activities they recommend is exercise. 

“Just maybe little stretches or, maybe, practicing in some yoga techniques, breathing techniques, relaxation, that mind-body connection is very critical when talking about pain,”  SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist Megan Jacobson said.

When it comes to bettering the body, they say a healthy mind is just as important.

“How your mind can help distract you from some of the pain you might be experiencing, depending on the pain. Physical activity or other physical type changes of behaviors can, of course, help manage some of those symptoms,” Prosch said.

The group creates activities for themselves to do outside of the class that they can practice till they come back. Such activities like focusing on another part of the body, meditation, stretching, and sleeping can all help work toward making a difference.

“I don’t think you’re ever too young or too old to focus on your health. And so, no matter what you’re dealing with, if it’s a new diagnosis or maybe you’ve had it for 30 plus years, you know, finding resources to help you where you are at your stage of life, I think you can do that at any time,” Jacobson said.

For more details on the workshops and where you can find one click here.

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