I’d like to introduce a fascinating concept which I deal with every day. A lot of people will injure themselves and they’ll get better. They’ll twist a wrist or an ankle or hurt something, and they’ll get better within 4-6 weeks and it’s gone. They’re cured. That’s very, very common.
However, there is a large group of people who injure themselves initially, (sometimes the injury is small) but it doesn’t get better. Maybe they just bent over and felt something in their back or neck twist and three months later, it still hasn’t got better.
And for some people it not only hasn’t got better but it’s spread. Maybe the pain started off in one place and now it’s running up into your head or in your back. And it’s really starting to get you down.
In this situation, most people go to different practitioners and each one tells you, “It’s your joints, or it’s your posture, or it’s your muscles.”
Each practitioner tell you the thing that is wrong is the thing that they treat. This is also quite typical. As the saying goes – for a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
And in this situation, whenever you go to see someone, you go with the expectation that this person’s going to help you and make you better. But you don’t get better.
Now here’s the question. What is actually going on?
Chronic pain is a massive problem in the world today, and it’s growing. Chronic pain means the pain has lasted longer than three months.
In the vast majority of people with chronic pain, the problem starts in your body. Your body heals, but now the problem has turned into a problem in your pain system.
Your pain system starts with the nerves that pick up the messages. The messages are then transmitted up the spinal cord to the bit that really matters, which is your brain.
This is the system that gives you information all the time. Part of this information system is that when a message gets to a certain intensity, you feel it as pain. With many people in chronic pain, what has happened is the signalling, (the way the messages are handled) has started to malfunction.
Messages picked up from your body are being amplified. They’re being twisted and changed. You may feel terrible pain in an area of your body that’s no longer damaged. The pain you feel is as bad as when you first injured the area. The area has healed but now the messaging is now abnormal.
This is called central pain system sensitization or amplification.
This turns out to be the primary problem for a very high proportion of people who have pain that goes on and on. It’s very important to explore this possibility because if you don’t, you can carry on treating the bit that seems to be the problem and it will not get better.
If the problem is in fact in your pain system, it requires a different treatment. The exciting thing about this is the person who does the treatment is you. Nobody else is going to make you better. You have to obtain knowledge and techniques to retrain your pain system and get your life back from chronic pain.
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