What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the expected healing time of an injury. It differs to acute pain, that is caused by tissue damage, as chronic pain is less about the structural damage and more about the sensitivity of the nervous system.
When pain is chronic, both the mind and body play important roles in winding down the nervous system and modifying the brains interpretation of danger.
The best approach to treating chronic pain is a holistic and broad perspective that reviews and considers:
Taking this whole person approach retrains the nervous system and restores tissue health.
Exercise as medicine
Getting moving again at comfortable levels, from the brains perspective, allows the body and brain to move without fear or danger signals and gradually restores the bodies tissues.
It is important to pace the activity levels, finding the right balance, and to gradually build activity, to overcome the fear that there may be something dangerous and structurally wrong with the body.
Learning to “reprogram” activity is an important part of the overall brain retraining strategy. Regular activity also reverses the downward cycle of the condition of the body and tissues which contributes to worsening pain overtime.
Want to know more? Here is some more information around the management of chronic pain.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Pear Exercise Physiology and discuss any further questions you have around the treatment of chronic pain.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus and/or the cervix and is used to treat several conditions, therefore the recovery from the surgery depends heavily on the type of procedure performed.
Risk of prolapse
Following a hysterectomy some women develop pelvic organ prolapse. Before a hysterectomy the bladder, urethra, vagina and uterus are all attached to the pelvic walls by a system of connective tissue, fascia and ligaments. When the uterus is removed an element of this supportive structure is also removed which can cause some women to experience a pelvic organ prolapse.
Symptoms of a prolapse
A prolapse is where one or more of the pelvic organs, or the vagina itself falls into the vaginal opening. Common signs and symptoms of a prolapse can include:
A strong pelvic floor is key to avoiding a prolapse. As a start try these two exercises that are gentle on the pelvis post hysterectomy.
It is also important to support your pelvic floor in your everyday activities following a hysterectomy. Using your core breath always exhale on effort, no matter the activity, to protect and stabilise the pelvic floor and abdominal walls.