• Is the pain affecting your quality of life?
• Do you feel very tired or wiped out?
• Does your pain affect your appetite?
• Are you having problems sleeping?
• Are you noticing your mood changing?
• Do you have a lack of energy?
Therapy For Persistent Pain Management
Pain is felt as a result of messages passing through the nervous system. In the event of an injury, for example, pain sensors are activated and transmit messages via electrical signals. When these reach the brain, they tell it that you are in pain.
Under normal circumstances, these signals stop when the cause of the pain is resolved such as when a wound heals, or a muscle is repaired.
With persistent and chronic pain, the signals continue to be transmitted after healing has completed and sometimes for no obvious reason. This can be linked to conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and back pain.
Chronic pain can take a lot of different forms and can be achy, throbbing, shooting, burning, stinging or stiff. It can also go hand in hand with other symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, weakness, insomnia and mood changes.
Persistent pain can have a very detrimental effect on day-to-day life, especially sleep and mental health. It can cause a lot of stress and if it is really severe, it can mean you can’t work and generally have a poor quality of life. Stress can also make chronic pain worse.
If you are experiencing pain, you are always advised to see your doctor. They will be able to investigate further to find out what is causing it and how best to treat it. If you experience pain on a regular basis, it is important to consider how to manage your pain. Many people with chronic conditions require some form of physical therapy. This will be carried out by medical professionals as part of your treatment plan. Medications and painkillers can also form part of your chronic pain management plan. Your doctor should always advise this.
Another important aspect of pain management involves looking at the link between the body and mind. I use a range of therapies that are tailored to your individual needs which can help you gain tools to understand triggers, manage your pain and “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope and respond how you would prefer to respond helping you to feel more in control, of your mind and your life feeling more relaxed which can help to make persistent pain less intense.
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