Pain is something that we all experience at some point during our lives and is often why people seek out treatment from me. Pain is defined as
An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damageRAJA ET AL., (2020)
Pain is influence by biological, psychological and social constructs meaning that pain is very much a personal experience and we all experience it differently. Something that isn’t particularly painful for one individual may be excruciating for another. For instance if we were to scan a number of people’s lower backs there would be degenerative changes such as bulging discs but not everyone experiences pain as a result.
Pain can be felt in many forms from sharp, lighting, dull, diffuse, achy, burning, and intense to name a few. This can denote what is causing the pain for instance lighting like pain can potentially be nerve pain, and a dull ache, muscular pain. Pain can also be intermittent or perceived as constant and the behaviour of pain can also indicate what structures maybe playing a role in causing the pain.
There is a lot we don’t understand about pain particularly why sometimes it persists after something has healed. This could be psychological in nature and a way our bodies protect itself. This does mean that treatment of pain is not always successful and that a combination of different treatments can be more affective on combating pain than one type of treatment.
This is why I use different techniques from deep tissue massage, acupressure, rocktape, muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, stretching, electro therapy, cryotherapy, heat and strength exercises to help resolve or reduce an individuals experience of pain. It is also really important for you as the patient to be engaged in the treatment process. By this I mean understand what is going on, ask questions about treatments and what effect they may have but also do your homework exercises. Homework exercises are still a part of your treatment so it is really important to do them. If you find time is a problem then talk to your therapist and come up with a solution that works for you.
Pain is something we all experience but some more so than others. Treatments that work on one individual will not necessarily suit another so it is really important to bear this in mind. Therapist need your feedback to tailor treatments to your needs. Maintenance treatments are generally a lot more effective and managing pain than letting it get to bad as it is much harder to undo.
Pain management is complex but having regular treatments can help reduce the chances of pain becoming unbearable and affecting your everyday life.