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Pain Series – Part 2: Reducing the impact pain can play on your life

Part 2 of Physiotherapist Thomas Knight’s Pain Series.

As Human beings our nervous systems are plastic and are designed to learn. What this means is that we are not hard wired and are capable of change and adaptability. These changes can be good, such as the body learning to walk again after a spinal cord injury or the ability for us to learn new skills, however it can also be unhelpful. As pain persists our body learns that this is normal behaviour and gets better at experiencing it. Despite the injury healing, our body continues to be in pain. This is when pain can become a real problem, especially when it starts to affect our relationships with family and friends, how we think and feel about ourselves and how we function at work. As we become more anxious and threatened by the pain the brain starts to light up more, this acts as an amplifier for pain turning the volume on the pain experience up.

Many factors can influence our pain. Changing or altering some of these can play a big role in reducing the impact pain can play on our life.

  1. Emotions
  2. Fear
  3. Low levels of physical activity
  4. Unhelpful beliefs about pain
  5. Distress
  6. Anxiety and depression
  7. Hopelessness
  8. A sense of loss of control

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