We all experience pain at some stage of our lives.
As defined by IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), the pain is defined as
“An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage”.
People experience pain in different ways ranging from mild & temporary to constant & intense. It can come suddenly, or take time to manifest. Pain is a warning that something is wrong. It can be acute or chronic pain.
Acute pain is usually associated with acute tissue damage, due to an event like an injury. It is most of the time sharp, sudden and it acts as an effective warning system for us.
Acute pains can be mild or momentary or can last up to a few weeks. Simplistically, as soon as the damaged tissue structure has repaired and the inflammation settles, due to healing (with or without treatment), the pain should go away.
When we see clients with acute pain, our aim is to eliminate the pain ASAP. After that, we are working to identify the underlying causes of this pain and create a personalised plan of treatment for you to prevent it from recurring.
Unfortunately, when pain is not resolved, it can become chronic.
Chronic pain no longer performs a protective role for the body. It is a very complex pathological condition in itself, because the signal of pain in the nervous system remains active after the injury has fully healed.
Even though the tissue that triggered the pain initially does not contribute to the pain anymore, the chronic pain is not less intense.
People with chronic pain can experience physical symptoms like muscle tension, limited mobility and a lack of energy. A range of emotional effects like anxiety and depression can also accompany chronic pain. Understandably, a fear of being re-injured can stop them from returning to their normal leisure activity and work.
The cause of chronic pain is poorly understood most of the time, which creates a lot of frustration.
We work to identify the intricate cause of this debilitating pain and work with you so you can enjoy your life again.