Chronic pain can be described as pain lasting three months or more. It is much more personal, based on the individual experiences of pain, of tolerance levels and other external factors, and not so easily described as acute pain. Chronic pain seems somewhat resistant to medical treatment in many cases.
Typically acute pain comes on suddenly and is short lived, although everyone’s perception of time differs! It's frequently caused by damage to tissue such as bone, muscle, or organs, and the onset is often accompanied by anxiety or emotional distress.
Both acute and chronic pain can weaken a person, physically and emotionally, and both can affect and be affected by a person's state of mind.
Chronic pain by nature tends to have greater psychological consequences such as depression and anxiety due to the fact that it's ongoing and in some cases seems almost constant. It is known that psychological distress can amplify pain. So as we bring wholeness, harmony and balance to the body all aspects of a person, and their life are taken into account.
Pain from tissue damage can be acute. Sports injuries like a sprained ankle or turf toe are often the result of damage to soft tissue. Or it can be chronic, such as arthritis or chronic headaches. Certain medical treatments, such as radiation for cancer, can also cause tissue damage that results in pain.
Nerves function like electric cables transmitting information, including pain signals, to and from the brain. Nerve damage often interferes with the way the information and signals are transmitted and cause distorted or abnormal signals or wrong information, or even information going to the wrong place.
Diabetes, trauma, chemotherapy drugs may cause nerve damage, strokes and infections can all influence the level of nerve pain.
Some people with nerve damage are often hypersensitive to temperature and to touch. Just a light touch, such as the touch of a bed sheet, can set off the pain.
Hydration plays a huge role in our pain levels. From Chinese Medicine understanding water represents JOY, and part of it's role is to move emotions, as well as waste, out of the body. However as we know that everything is connected to everything and each cell, part of the body and mind is influenced and connected by and to every other part, being well hydrated is only a part.
- Pain is a universal experience AND all pain has been proven to be produced by the brain - sometimes to keep up safe, and sometimes because of memory that has not been resolved. In the later instance your brain can be creating the pain, because of the memories it has of certain types of people, situations or patterns. It is remembering the trauma, the horror even and the pain and suffering you experienced at that time and now it is screaming at you so it because it thinks it is going to happen again, (or has been screaming at you for years because of the situation you are in). In these situations it is not necessary to "get out" of the situation you are in - the wonderful thing is we can balance you to the memory, remove its destructive charge and help you see another reality. This happens to us all, just some are more aware of these things and know that something can be done about it, without having to re-live or re experience any of the trauma .
- There are techniques to change the messages to and from the brain for a more healthy body and mind, no matter how long ago or how much it has affected your life up to now.