An INTRO TO PAIN
Today we kick off the beginning of National Pain Week. Over the course of the following week, we will be releasing a series of blogs centring around pain and its many causes and dimensions.
This year the topic for National Pain Week is CONNECTION. Pain, and especially chronic pain, can lead to increased levels of social isolation. The aim of National Pain Week this year is to bring awareness of the impact that social isolation has on those suffering from persistent and chronic pain. We particularly want to remind family, friends and health professionals just how powerful connection can be for those suffering from chronic pain.
Pain is defined as "an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage" by the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Pain is not the simple, straight forward process that we often think it to be. It is diverse and can mean many different things to different people. We generally think of pain as our body’s way of saying ‘STOP’ or ‘DAMAGE’. This is true of acute pain, but in chronic, or persistent pain, this isn’t always true. Sometimes it is simply our body’s way of saying ‘I’m scared’ or ‘last time we did this it hurt’. In these situations, the body may benefit from gentle re-education, under the guidance of a trained professional.
Follow us over the next week to learn more about the differences between acute and chronic pain, how they can be treated effectively, the importance of connection, and how you can help someone suffering from chronic pain.
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