How social connections can help with pain

HOW PAIN IS IMPACTED BY OUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

When people live with pain, they can become isolated. Isolation can amplify pain in the brain. When people are not socially connected, they tend to do less and focus more on pain.

HOW SOCIAL CONNECTIONS CAN HELP

We can begin to rewire the brain and reduce pain by changing a few habits. Connecting with others helps us be more active, happier, and focused on what matters to us. You can help your patients decide what social activities make the most sense to them.

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  • What is Social Support
  • The Impacts of Isolation and Negative Social Support on Health
  • Health Benefits of Strong Social Connections
  • Assessment and Treatment
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