How many of you suffer from pain on an ongoing basis? Have you been told that you have chronic pain and that you are going to have to learn to live with it?
If you answer these questions, “Yes,” or you are interested in learning about the science behind pain, please read on!
When you are in pain, a vicious circle of more pain, more anxiety, more fear, and more depression may develop. We need to interrupt that cycle.
There are many recent research studies about pain perception and suffering. The Wall Street Journal featured an article that provides great information about mind-body approaches to pain management. The authors focused on psychological approaches via brain scans.
Other articles have looked at the effects of exercise on chronic pain like this one from the Pain Journal. The common idea that the articles share is that they all contradict the common idea that resting and avoiding activity are best for relieving pain.
Physical therapy in combination with pain education and a guided exercise program can help with most painful problems. Like I always tell my patients, “If it hurts, we can help!” If you are having pain or have any type of injury, ask your doctor if physical therapy is right for you. If you are in the San Antonio area, call our experts at Momentum Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab.