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Back aches, neck aches and headaches are NOT normal. Find out how to effectively manage pain
Missy Tysoe March 3, 2016

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Back aches, neck aches and headaches are NOT normal

How to effectively manage pain and get the most out of life

Day-to-day life can be a battle when you’ve got chronic pain. With over 3.5 million Australian’s estimated as experiencing chronic pain, if pain has become a significant part of your life then you are definitely not alone.

What is pain?

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” The important key here is that tissue damage doesn’t mean pain and pain doesn’t mean tissue damage!

Types of pain

Acute pain -lasts for a short time and generally occurs following injury, surgery or trauma. It acts as a warning to the body to seek help. Effective and timely treatment is essential to prevent transition to chronic pain.

Chronic pain– lasts beyond the time expected for tissue healing. Left untreated, chronic pain can have a devastating impact on all aspects of sufferers’ lives. About 65 percent of people with chronic pain report interference with daily activities which can have a negative impact on relationships and quality of life.

If you are experiencing pain and are interested in finding out more on how to effectively manage it, please contact your GP today. Call 02 4304 1333 or book online.

 

What can you do to manage pain and headache?

6 tips for living with chronic pain

  1. Understand your pain and you will control it! If you understand the key factors causing your pain, you can work towards eliminating these elements in your life, which will ultimately control your pain. Remember that ALL pain is based on your body’s perceived threat value. So “what is it in me that is making my central nervous system decide to express pain?”
  2. Just breathe! Mindful breathing and meditation are techniques can help desensitise your body, which will in turn help you control pain.
  3. Stress less. Research shows time and again that stress and depression influences chronic pain. By learning to take control of stress, you control this heightened sensitivity and ultimately pain response. It is also important to differentiate stress from depression and anxiety, which is closely linked to chronic pain and best managed by a qualified psychologist.
  4. Get your endorphin kick with exercise. Endorphins are brain chemicals that help improve your mood while also blocking pain signals.
  5. Loose the booze and quit smoking! This one’s a no brainer team! Alcohol and smoking have a negative impact on all body systems and ultimately pain presentation.
  6. Find something you like doing and do lots of it! Ever noticed that your pain is better when you are doing something that makes you happy? Your body gets a similar Oxytosin effect as when you’re exercising just by doing activities that make you happy. This can be as simple as going out for a coffee with people who you enjoy being around.

Platinum Physiotherapy in West Gosford offers a unique Pain Management Clinic that can help you to learn about your pain and headaches and ultimately control it.

Kim Findlay

Director and head physio at Platinum Physiotherapy and Pain Management Clinic.

www.platinumphysiotherapy.com.au

Call 02 4324 5668.

Email: messages@platinumphysiotherapy.com.au

 

 

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