Have you had pain for longer than 3 months???
In this type of pain, tissue damage is not the main issue. Health professionals would suggest most injuries are healed by your body as best as it can within 3-6 months. Chronic pain is less about structural changes in the body and more about sensitivity in the nervous system.
We now know that pain is 100% of the time, produced by the brain. Having a brain that keeps producing pain is not helpful.
What do we do about it??
Chronic Pain is very complex. Treatment needs to involve a structured approach and planning.
We need to retrain the brain and nervous system by targeting the areas that contribute to the experience of pain.
Lifestyle, environmental, physical, biological and psychological factors all influence our experience of pain. There is no cure for chronic pain, however we can manage it much better by addressing as many factors as possible that are contributing to this pain. For many this will involve an extensive list of areas to target to help wind down the nervous system to help improve their quality of life, function and general well being.
This short 5min video, produced by the Hunter Integrated Pain Service, explains Chronic Pain very clearly and is worth a watch.
If you would like help to retrain your brain and tackle your Chronic Pain problem, contact us on (02) 4647 3373.