Understand Pain

Nearly everybody feels pain at some point in their lives, back pain being one of the most common, it is the most effective warning system we have to alert us to danger or potential danger to our bodies. It is so effective that it can make us think of nothing else, it can change the way we think, move and behave. Believe it or not, all of these responses are vital in helping us stay alive and heal damaged body parts.

However it is now well known that our individual experiences of pain are made up of many contributing factors, the combination of which is unique to each and every one of us. These influence how strongly we feel pain, how long it lasts and how it makes us feel emotionally. It has become recognised that the amount of pain we feel is not always a direct representation of how much damage there is in our bodies, we can experience a lot of pain when there is little or no damage, or conversely feel very little pain when there is obviously a lot of damage. Think of stories of soldiers being shot without knowing it or how much a paper cut hurts.

There are a lot of myths and fear around back and neck pain. Anxiety will increase the severity of the pain you experience and in doing so cause you more concern which in turn amplifies the pain. A vital part of your consultation with me will be a clear explanation of the most important factors influencing your pain and how they are doing so, understanding your condition will change the way you think about pain which should reduce your anxiety and worry. As I mentioned before, anxiety and fear are major factors that turn up the strength of your pain, so by getting these under control you can start to influence how it feels.

Hopefully after reading this you are starting to feel better already! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more.

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