Kaia App Review: Manage Pain Naturally

Review of Kaia app

Kaia App Review: Pain Management, Naturally

Help for Chronic Pain

In this review I will talk about the Kaia app that I have been using for awhile.  I am using it on my smartphone.  I have chronic pain in my buttock and am constantly searching for natural ways to relieve my pain.  I purchased this app in hopes it would help me. The app claims that by using it you can manage your pain and find relief through using it.  Read more to find out if it is for you.  

Chronic Back Pain
Pixabay: mohamed_hassan

What You Will Learn in This Review

  • First I will address why you may want to use this app. 
  • Then, I will give you some background on the company.
  • Furthermore, I will talk about the three major sections of the app. 
  • I will give examples of those sections.
  • I will give my overall impressions as well.
  • It is my hope you find this review helpful in your journey through pain.

Why You May Want to Use This App

Are you in pain?  If you suffer from chronic pain then I am in the same boat as you.  And it is difficult. Maybe you have trouble getting out of bed. Or standing.  Or walking. Been there. Doing that. This app is specifically set for back pain.  And although I suffer most from sciatica-like pain, I also have back pain sometimes. This app has helped manage that.

You may also want to use this app because you want to manage your pain naturally.  There are no negative side effects from using this app.  

The only downside of this app?  It takes motivation and commitment on your part.  (They even address motivation in the training.) So read further to see if this app is for you.  

If you want to read what I had to say about motivation you can click here to see another post.

Medical, Technology and Other Amazing Stuff

Kaiahealth (the name they call themselves) states that they have medical advisers, as well as science and AI technology.  The combination of all this wisdom is a personalized program that aims to help you relieve your pain.  

The app is free to download to try it out, but if you want to continue to use it on a regular basis, you will need to pay for it.  It’s $29.99 for three months in the US. I paid $89.99 for a year. That’s about 25 cents a day. Well worth the cost I think. It is available in other countries.  It was developed in Germany.  

The Three Sections of the Kaia App

There are three categories of the app; Knowledge, Exercise and Breathing.  Other items included in the upgraded app are an Introduction and Motion Tracking Coach.  Let’s cover the three main sections.

Knowledge

Knowledge of Back Pain
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In this section Kaia provides information about pain, why exercise is important, some physiological content and more.  I am currently on a section that discusses motivation. Motivation is something I struggle with daily.  

Just a personal note.  I know that stretches and movement and exercise help me feel better, but I fight having to do them.  I know I am not alone. One of the aspects I like about this app is that it is not that time consuming.  I would estimate you can do all three sections in less than half an hour.  

In the Knowledge section, you can explore at your own pace and time commitment.  The app constantly lets you respond with continuing or ending that particular session.  It picks up where you left off until you complete that particular subject.

The information is in lay terms, so most of it I can grasp.  I know that adding knowledge to my journey to manage my pain is helpful in continuing the trip.  Plus in my mind it adds credence to the program.  

At the end you are given the option to rate the session and provide feedback.

Exercise

Here’s where the rubber meets the road.  You must work at the exercises to reap the benefit.  I hope you are one of those people who takes responsibility for your health.  If not, then this app is not for you. But if you are, then I think you will find success here.  

The app tells you how much time you will need for the section (usually about 12 minutes, give or take), what equipment you will need (usually a mat and a towel) and you can preview the exercises before you start.  

Exercise Section Kaia
Pixabay/mohamed_hassan

Once you start the section you can pause it at anytime.  There are usually 2 rounds of 5 exercises. Each exercise takes about 30 seconds.  Before it starts the program shows you how to do the exercise, which is very helpful.  This is why using it on your smartphone is so great. You have it right there in front of you.  

The male and female voices that guide you through the exercises are calming and encouraging.  I appreciate that. I don’t need someone yelling at me or telling me I am a wimp! You can also adjust the difficulty level at the end of the session so that the next session will be easier or more difficult.

Here’s an example of the exercise portion of the app.

Breathing

The last section is a topic that has been very helpful in my pain management.  It is learning about how breathing impacts our pain.  

This section walks you through different sessions of breathing exercises, where you learn about relaxation and calming techniques.  This happens to be my favorite section because it is the most enjoyable. I find after I end this session I am relaxed and feel a sense of warmth.  

Practicing calming breathing is helpful to decrease pain’s power.  We all know how pain can grab all our attention and stress out the rest of our body and mind.  Pain can cause us to take short anxious breaths. In this section you learn to control your breathing to assist in relaxing and calming yourself. 

After you complete the section for the day you are given the opportunity to rate it and give any feedback.  

An Added Benefit; A Great Option

I nearly forgot to mention that Kaia has a Coach section.  This is different from the Motion Tracking Coach. In this feature you can ask just about any question and get a personal answer.  It is helpful for those questions that come up as you use the app or if something isn’t covered in a section.  

I have used it mostly to respond to challenges in the exercise section.   I am a senior and because of my pain I can’t do some exercises. Here is where I have found answers to concerns about those struggles.  But you won’t be limited to just that topic. The Coach is there to help you use the app and succeed at using it.  

How Do I Rate This App?

Rating Kaia app
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I give this app 5 stars.  The company really knows what they are doing.  Yeah, it costs money, but most treatments to handle pain do cost money.  I like it because it:

  • Has clear instructions
  • Is easy to do
  • Isn’t very time consuming
  • Has a section where you can ask questions
  • Can be adjusted to my abilities
  • Uses science to address all parts of pain management

Conclusion

If you are suffering with back pain, and there are thousands of us that are suffering, this app could be just the thing to help you.  It requires you to take responsibility and action, but the payoff may be less pain. I recommend this app because I have found it helpful.  If you want to feel better, why not try it?

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Can Meditation Help with Pain Control? Read More to Find Out.

 

Relaxing

 

This is a topic that has come up time and again in my research. I have avoided it because I know so little about it. I know it is time to buckle down and learn about it. Especially if it helps my pain management. And yours!  Can Meditation Help with Pain Control?

What is Meditation?

The dictionary defines meditation as the act of meditating.  Oh that’s helpful isn’t it?  Synonyms are: contemplation, thinking, musing prayer.  I like the example used that it is “cultivating the presence of God in meditation and prayer”.

Because I am a Christian, and I have been taught that meditation is from Eastern religion, I have avoided this topic. The eastern form of meditation calls for emptying the mind to gain oneness with the universe.  This is very antithetical to what the Bible calls me to do.  I am to meditate on God and seek to abide in Him.  So can I safely and honestly practice meditation to manage my pain?  How would that look?  And would it help my pain, or only focus my mind and soul on God?  Not that that is a bad thing!  Because it isn’t.  That is my chief aim in life; to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.  That said, can I combine meditation with my Christian beliefs?

I think so.  And you can continue reading if you don’t practice Christianity.  Because the same principles apply in practicing meditation.

Before I move on, I see the term mindfulness associated with meditation.  Mindfulness is being aware of something.  I think of it as disciplining my mind to focus on a certain thought.  Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand.  Meditation is the tool, mindfulness is the path.

How Does Meditation Help to Relieve Pain?

When we experience pain, our body releases hormones that magnify the pain, called stress hormones.  Our mind focuses on the pain.  We tense our muscles.  Meditation can reverse that by releasing calming hormones.  The calmer state of mind not only stops the body from releasing stress hormones, but also starts the body to release endorphins, i.e. feel good hormones.  These hormones can be released other ways also.  Some practices that release endorphins which I have used were exercise, laughing, caring for someone else.  See my post here for more information.  This calms the body, relaxing the muscles and joints.  With that comes less pain.  So meditation packs a one two punch, lessening stress hormones, and releasing endorphins.  This is accomplished by refocusing the mind.

How Can You Practice Meditation to Relieve Your Pain?

There are many websites that walk you through the steps to meditate.   From my research I have gleaned the basics.  They are

  1. Sit or lie comfortably in a quiet place.  You don’t have to sit in the classic cross legged position that you see in so many images.  Get comfortable.  Quiet is vital as it sets the environment for peace and uninterrupted concentration.
  2. Close your eyes.  It may help to be in a darkened room, if at all possible.
  3. Concentrate on breathing.  Simply breath normally.  But notice the effects your breathing has on your body.
  4. Practice this for just two or three minutes.

Easy, right?  The results should be that you will find you are more relaxed.  As you grow comfortable with this practice, you should be able to increase the time spent.  As you increase the time, you should reap more benefits.  From my reading, the research says that the longer you practice meditation, the more benefits you gain.  I have found this to be true with the stretches that I do.  Some of these natural remedies take work and discipline and time.  But I can testify that they produce results.  And if I can avoid medication and surgery, then I am motivated to practice them.

I found two apps that were recommended on this website, Meditation: An Opioid Alternative.  The apps are: Back Doctor and Stop, Breathe and Think.  They are both free.  I haven’t tried them long enough to know how effective they are, but I plan to give them serious trials.

As a Christian, my focus while I practice mindfulness and relaxing through meditation, will be to meditate on a verse in the Bible, or on a characteristic of God.

Other Helpful Practices

Posture

Most of us tend to sit in a slouch position.  It is the natural way we sit.  But maintaining a straight spine position is helpful to relieving back and buttocks pain.  Challenge yourself to maintain good posture when you are walking, standing and especially sitting.  It does take practice.  And it is another example of mindfulness.

Heat and Cold Pack

I have discussed this before.  For temporary relief of pain you can try heat or cold.  The difference is that cold reduces inflammation and heat assists in blood flow.  The both act to deaden the pain.  You may want to try doing both; cold for a few minutes, nothing for a few minutes, heat for a few minutes.  Do not leave either one on for more than 20 minutes.  Use a towel to protect your skin from the cold or heat source.

Conclusions

I believe meditation is a valid alternative as a pain remedy.  If practiced on a regular basis, a person should find relief from their pain.  I welcome your comments and questions.  I am especially interested to know those of you who practice meditation and what your results are.  I am also open to suggestions and corrections, as I am not familiar enough with this practice to feel I the final authority.  I am not receiving any fees for recommending any links here.  If you do chose to click on an ad or a product, I do receive a small percentage should you chose to buy something.  Thanks for taking the time to read this.  I hope it is helpful and that in practicing meditation, you will find some relief from your pain.

For those of you who desire to practice Christian meditation, I recommend you start at this website.  I found this helpful and challenging and plan to add it to my daily Bible study.

And if you’ve read this far, I bet you are wondering what that picture has to do with meditation?  The original caption was 3 turtles relaxing on the beach in Hawaii.  I don’t know, but it seems to me those guys (or probably girls, exhausted from the journey to lay their eggs) look like they know how to chill.  I want that picture in my mind; how totally comfortable they are and in the beautiful sunset of God’s creation.

 

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