Managing Post-Op Pain at Home: Non-Medication Relief

Medications are not the only way to manage pain after surgery. Try the following techniques.

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Visualization or guided imagery

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.

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Progressive body relaxation

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, tensing and relaxing different muscle groups from your abdomen, chest, arms, neck, and face.

Deep breathing

Deep breathing relaxes your whole body:

  • Inhale through your nose slowly and deeply.

  • Hold your breath for a couple of seconds.

  • Exhale through your mouth slowly and deeply.