Knowing how to use skills like distraction, relaxation, mindfulness as well as physical aids such as heat, cold and gentle movement can make getting better a lot smoother.
Distraction - using reading, watching a film or listening to music can make a big difference to pain. If you're just lying in bed, waiting for the doctors to come round (there's a reason you get called a patient!) then your brain hasn't got anything else to do apart from concentrating on how much pain there is.
Recent research with Virtual Reality has been finding some amazing results.
Relaxation - letting all your muscles relax can help - there are lots of resources online - this is quite a nice recording - you don't need to do the tensing before relaxing if it makes you sore.
Mindfulness - is a bit different from relaxation - most often you concentrate on the breath and accept thoughts and feelings as they come and go - to find out more visit BREATHWORKS has which has free meditations http://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/free-meditations
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