Crux of Yoga Offers New Hope for Chronic Pain by Kelly McGonigal:

  • If you repeat something many times, it becomes a second nature. This applies even to pain: “Through the repeated experience of pain, the nervous system gets better at detecting threat and producing the protective pain response. “
  • “The best way to unlearn chronic stress and pain responses is to give the mind and body healthier responses to practice.”
  • “Relaxation specifically has been shown to be healing for chronic pain. It turns off the stress response and directs the body’s energy to growth, repair, immune function, digestion, and other self-nurturing processes.”
  • Detailed instructions for pain relieving relaxation are given in the article, here is a small part: “Imagine that the breath is dissolving or massaging the tension and pain. […] try moving your attention back and forth between the uncomfortable area and a more comfortable area. […] Switching back and forth like this can teach the mind how to give the uncomfortable sensations less priority.”