Pain Tools

A series of twelve videos and tools designed and developed by The Pain Toolkit's Pete Moore to help you learn and understand self pain management.

07 Relaxation

Learn relaxation skills

Relaxation skills are very important for tense muscles in the body and for unwinding the mind.

  • Relaxtion could be:
  • Reading a book
  • Listening to some music
  • Gardening
  • Meeting friends for a coffee/tea
  • Going the cinema or a restaurant
  • Belly breathing (your health care professional can show you how)
  • Meditation
  • Dancing
  • Walking
  • Coping or self managing?

Coping with persistent pain can be like playing a game of snakes and ladders - a game of luck. Being an over achiever you can tend to do more on good days (climb the ladder) and on bad days, do less and return to bed. (This is like sliding down the snake). Self managing is taking positive, planned action which can reduce the ‘luck’ element in pain self management.

Pete Moore, The Pain Toolkit

Relaxation doesn't still come easy for me and have to work at it. Last year I bought myself a bicycle and found it good way to get out and about and discover more places where I live. I also found it relaxed me and as a bonus helped the osteoarthritis in my knees. Pete Moore, The Pain Toolkit