Nerve pain can be caused by a number of conditions. Any time the signals from the brain to the rest of the body are disrupted along the central and peripheral nervous system, pain can be one of the results. Because nerve pain can be so complicated and delicate, it can be difficult to treat and there is certainly no one-size-fits-all cure.
Patients dealing with the effects of nerve pain often find comfort in holistic health practices. The idea that you have to treat the person as a whole to get the best results makes sense in this context. While the pain may be happening in the arm or the leg, for instance, the entire person is affected. Chronic pain can cause depression, anxiety, and sleep problems.
A holistic approach to treating nerve pain may include better attention to sleep management, relaxation techniques, fitness, and nutrition. In the 21st century, we have the unique opportunity to utilize technology to help us learn and manage these techniques.
13 holistic apps to treat the entire person
If you experience nerve pain of any type, these smart phone and tablet applications may be able to help:
- Sleep Cycle: This app, available for both iPhone and Android, helps you get the most restful sleep possible. To use it simply plug your phone in and place it on the bed near your pillow. The app will then monitor your movements and sleep cycles throughout the night. In the morning it will only wake you during your lightest sleep cycle so you don’t emerge groggy from a deep sleep. The app is only $0.99 and available through iTunes and the Google Play store.
- Recharge: This free app available for iOS creates a customized six-week program to help you sleep better. It begins by helping users implement a regular wake up time over the course of the program. It provides an alarm clock that creates fun activities to get you moving out of bed. It aims to increase your body’s exposure to early daylight to help reset your body clock and encourages users to be active within the first few hours of waking up.
- Noisli: If having ambient noise is helpful for a good night’s sleep or daily activities, one of the top recommended apps is Noisli. It generates not only background noise but also colors that help with certain activities. It can be used for relaxation, increased productivity, or relieving tension. It is $1.99 in the iTunes app store and available only for Apple products.
- Simply Noise: Another white noise app, which is available for $0.99 from both iTunes and Google Play, is Simply Noise. Separate white noise machines can cost a lot of money and take up extra space in a room that isn’t necessary with modern mobile technology. This app offers several noise options that can help with sleep and other activities.
- Mindfulness App: Many patients dealing with the effects of nerve pain find that meditation is helpful to alleviate the worst of the symptoms. This app, available for both iOS and Android for $1.99, can help. It offers several guided meditation options including mindfulness and breathing exercises. It also helps guide users toward a long-term meditative practice.
- Simply Being: This guided meditation app aims to provide users with a calming experience to teach them to focus on mindfulness. The app is available for both Android and Apple for only $0.99. The calming voice and soothing sounds can assist in learning the techniques to focus on meditation rather than letting the mind race and wander.
- YOGAmazing: Yoga is also a practice that many people with nerve pain find calming. Yoga, like mindfulness meditation, can help focus and direct the body’s energy away from pain and toward healing. This app aims to teach people, from beginner through expert levels, how to use yoga in their day lives. It costs $4.99 through iTunes and allows you to download yoga podcasts directly to your device.
- Simply Yoga: For a free yoga app available for both Android and iOS, try Simply Yoga FREE. It gives you free access to your own personal yoga instructor and offers several “classes” directly from your device. Each pose is demonstrated and you can choose the length of your workout. If the free version works well for you, consider upgrading to the full version for $3.99.
- Acupressure: Heal Yourself: This app, available for Apple devices, costs just $1.99 and can teach pressure point techniques that you can do by yourself from anywhere at any time. Acupressure and self-massage can help relieve stress and tension and can even alleviate nerve pain if done correctly. This app can be used offline to teach yourself how to access pressure points on the body to feel relief.
- Gratitude 365: Many people believe that positivity is one of the cornerstones to a healthy life. Gratitude is one of the best ways to help yourself have a positive outlook on life. This app, available on iTunes for $1.99, helps you track your own gratitude. It offers a journal, options for photos, a calendar, and allows you to share your joy on social media platforms.
- MyFitnessPal: One of the most popular uses of apps and social media for health and wellness right now is fitness tracking. MyFitnessPal is at the top of the list offering a variety of apps on a number of platforms to make it easier. Their FitBit device can connect to your smartphone to track every movement and help you plan for a better fitness routine.
- Red Cross First Aid App: Of course, not everything can be perfect and there may be times when your pain can lead to an emergency situation. The Red Cross is the foremost authority on first aid and their free app, available for all devices, can help you stay calm and not panic if something does happen.
- Catch My Pain: It has also been proven useful to keep a pain journal so you and your healthcare provider can begin to see patterns and behaviors that affect pain both positively and negatively. This app costs $3.99 and not only helps you track your own pain but can connect you to others with similar experiences.
Modern technology is making our lives easier in many ways. If you are dealing with the effects of nerve pain, you may want to try some of these applications to help manage your condition.
What are some mobile apps you have used to help manage your nerve pain?
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