There have been two very important developments in pain management in the past few years. One has been our growing understanding of how our minds play a crucial role in our perception of our own pain. The other is the new technology which has mushroomed everywhere. There are now websites and phone apps which can also help us manage our pain.
In this blog I am going to take a look at a couple of apps, and a wearable device which may help you if you are living with chronic pain.
Catch My Pain: A phone app and website to help you track your chronic pain
If you suffer from chronic pain then you will know how difficult it can be to explain how you feel, even to your doctor or other health professionals. CatchMyPain is a very good website which may help you. It also supplies an app for your mobile phone which will enable you to track your pain and pinpoint it on a body map. It is specifically aimed at people affected by fibromyalgia, but it can be used for all sorts of chronic pain.
One way you can use this app is to take control. It will enable you to discover how your pain varies from day to day or from event to event. For example, you can track how your medication affects your pain levels as well as how stress, fatigue, and your general mood can make a difference to the level of your pain.
Once you begin to build up a picture for yourself you can begin to do more of what lessens your pain and avoid the things which seem to make it worse.
And the app is free.
Go here for more detail
A start up from Chicago with a holistic approach to pain management
A great new product is Curable, a Chicago based start-up. Its founder, John Gribbin says:
“Our mission is to provide access to evidence-based, safe, and effective treatment for chronic pain.”
John has suffered from chronic pain himself for many years and has a good understanding of the role the nervous system plays in how we feel pain. So, he, along with two business partners, who had also suffered from chronic pain, designed an app which treats pain holistically.
The app offers hundreds of meditations, breathing exercises and journal templates. It comes with a digital avatar, called Clara, who will guide you through the exercises and make suggestions on what will suit you, based on the information you feed in.
The app is backed up by a very experienced scientific team with a vast range of expertise on pain.
John told the technology news website, Venture: “There’s a mountain of neuroscience and pain research telling us that the brain plays a big role in chronic pain, and for most people, a critical piece of their healing is altogether missing. That’s the piece that involves therapeutic attention.”
The app is not free, it does require a subscription but you can get a free trial to see if is the thing for you. Find out more here
An NHS-approved wearable device to control chronic pain
Earlier this year, the NHS approved a wearable pain device call ActiPatch. ActiPatch is a wearable medical device that uses electromagnetic fields to regulate irregular nerve activity and relieve chronic pain. It sends an electromagnetic signal up to 1,000 times per second. A completely drug free device, it has shown good results in controlling chronic pain. You can find out more about the device here, or ask your pain specialist or general practitioner.
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