Living with pain can be one of the hardest parts of having arthritis, and unfortunately there is no one-size-fits all approach to managing it. What works for one person may not work for another, and you may need to try different techniques until you find what works best for you.
The Dealing with Pain information sheet discusses the pain cycle and some of the techniques that may help you cope with pain.
For many people, the best pain management plan will include various types of techniques (possibly including medicines, exercise, relaxation, pacing, good quality rest) involving a range of healthcare professionals.
While it may not be suited to everyone, some people find that mind techniques play a part in helping to manage pain.
A trained professional, such as a psychologist, can help you learn relaxation and pain coping skills so you can better manage your pain.
Some of these techniques include:
Regular meditation practice can help us to relax and manage stress, which can help in easing arthritis symptoms. But, it is important to find a type of meditation that is most suitable for you.
Arthritis Foundation have put together this great article which discusses some different types of meditation techniques and what they involve.
Once you've learnt about meditation techniques, take a look at their tips for getting started.
For help with finding a health professional, visit our Find a Specialist page.
10 Steps for Living Well with Arthritis (2019). Arthritis Australia
Dealing with Pain (2017) Arthritis Australia
Types of Meditation for Arthritis, Arthritis Foundation