We all feel pain from time to time. When someone injures themselves, specific nerves recognise this as pain, which in turn triggers the body’s repair mechanism. As the problem resolves, the pain tends to improve and usually disappears within 3-6 months. This type of pain could be argued to be beneficial: if it hurts, you are likely to try and avoid doing whatever it is that has caused the pain in the future, so you are less likely to injure yourself in that way again.
Occasionally the pain continues even after tissue healing has finished. When pain continues after this point, it becomes known as persistent (or is sometimes referred to as chronic) pain. This type of pain is not beneficial and is a result of the nerves becoming over-sensitised, which means that a painful response will be triggered much more easily than normal. This can be unpleasant, but doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing yourself any harm simply by moving. You could think of this as a sensitive car alarm that goes off in error when someone walks past.
Persistent pain is very common and affects over 14 million people in the UK alone. It often does not respond to conventional medical interventions and needs a different kind of approach, but there are many things that you can do to manage your pain yourself with the support of your family and loved-ones. As an osteopath, I can help advise you on how to manage your persistent pain. This may involve prescribing you some exercises and stretches you can do at home in your own time. You’ll learn how to pace your activities so that you don’t trigger a flare-up of your pain as well as set goals and priorities. These are all very important and can help you to maintain a fulfilling lifestyle.
For more information on how to manage your persistent pain, contact me on 07814184347 or email me at email@example.com. You can also check out http://www.paintoolkit.org/ which has some brilliant resources and information about chronic pain.