Nearly everybody feels pain at some point in their lives, 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.
With this in mind and with advances in medical imaging 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 how much a paper cut hurts or stories of soldiers being shot without knowing it. It is all down to how much danger our brains think we are in at that moment in time.
There are a lot of myths and fear around pain, especially when it is in our back and neck, this fear and anxiety will increase the severity of the pain we experience and in doing so cause us even 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. It has been shown that even if you have no medical or scientific knowledge you can still grasp the basics of pain education and this will change the way you think about pain which in turn reduces your anxiety and worry. As I mentioned before, anxiety and fear are major factors that turn up the volume 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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