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Medications are not the only way to manage pain after surgery. Try the following techniques.
Visualization helps take your mind off the pain:
Close your eyes. Breathe deeply.
Picture yourself in a quiet, peaceful place.
Imagine how you feel in that place.
If other thoughts enter your mind, take a deep breath and try again.
Relaxation helps relieve stress and pain:
Close your eyes. Clench your foot muscles.
Hold for a few seconds. Release.
Repeat with the muscles in your calves.
Work slowly up your body.
Deep breathing relaxes your whole body:
Inhale slowly and deeply.
Hold your breath for a couple of seconds.
Exhale through your mouth slowly and deeply.