Pain is described by the International Association for the study of Pain as an “unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.”
Pain is a natural occurring phenomenon to protect us from danger. For example, if we place our hand near a burner, the pain we feel urges us to remove our hand from the stimuli before tissue damage can occur. The neuroscience approach to understanding pain hopes to explain why pain persists long after the danger and tissue healing has occurred. The brain is a complex organ that must filter thousands of pieces of information every second. Having a sensitive nervous system and how the brain processes this information directly will affect the levels of pain felt.
Pain is a normal human experience, living in pain is not.
Research has demonstrated that the more you know about your pain and the factors that are a part of the pain the better you are at understanding how to deal with the sensitive nervous system. Our role as physical therapists is to bring this understanding to you. This will allow you to ask more questions, learn more about your nervous system and make changes in your life to reduce discomfort and more importantly take back your life from the pain that you have been experiencing.
The topics discussed may include:
- Where do we feel pain?
- What is the purpose of pain?
- What are the types of pain?
- What is the brain’s role in pain?
- What is the nervous system’s role in pain?
- How your treatment can allow you to take back your life from pain?