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.