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12 Mental Tricks That Fight Pain

Skeptical? Studies suggest that you can use your mind to manage pain.
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Tricks to control pain

by Amanda Gardner

If you're in pain, you may be able to harness your thoughts to help fight it. Skeptical? Studies suggest these pain relief tools can work.

"Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis can learn mind-body techniques to assist the body and mind in relaxing," says Janice M. Singles, Psy.D., of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. "This generally reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body, allowing the immune system to be better able to fight off illness."

Some techniques work for short term (or acute) pain, others for chronic pain. Either way, here are 12 methods to try.

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