Pain and stress are intimately linked. When pain causes stress or stress worsens pain, psychological therapies may help break the cycle. These treatments, which include hypnosis, meditation, and relaxation, focus on the relationship between the mind and body. For pain therapists, these treatments are considered mainstream rather than alternative or complementary therapies, and there is evidence that they work. Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness used to treat psychological or physical problems. Meditation uses a number of awareness techniques to quiet the mind and relax the body, and there are many different relaxation techniques, each with the goal of reducing stress. Adverse reactions to these therapies are rare.
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