What causes pain and how can I get relief?
What is pain?
We all experience occasional aches and pains, this is a normal part of life. In fact, acute (sudden) pain plays an important role in our lives – this is our bodies way of alerting us to a potential injury. When a person gets injured in some way, signals travel from the injured area to your brain, creating the painful sensation. As your injury heals, the pain signals subside, and the pain becomes less severe - this is your bodies way of letting you know it’s getting better.
What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for at least 12 weeks, however it can last for months, even years. Chronic pain might show itself as sharp stabs, a dull but persistent sensation, burning, aching, etc., and it can make daily tasks seem like insurmountable challenges. Chronic pain can limit your mobility, strength and endurance.
While there are certain conditions that can cause chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, generally chronic pain occurs when your body keeps sending pain signals to your brain after an injury is healed. Normally when a person gets a minor injury, nerves are not damaged, and when the injury is healed, the nerves stop sending pain signals and we carry on with our lives. Problems occur however when people experience nerve damage. When nerves become damaged, sometimes the affected area will keep sending pain signals even after the injury is healed., creating a persistent and “chronic” pain that won’t go away.
How can I deal with chronic pain?
There are many ways to deal with chronic pain. The most obvious method is to head to your pharmacy and grab some over the counter pain medication, such as Advil, or Tylenol. Stronger medications such as codeine or other prescription pain killers can be prescribed by your doctor, however, these are not considered a long-term solution, as the chance of addiction is too great, and the side effects often unpleasant.
There are several natural ways of treating chronic pain, including but not limited too:
There are some slightly more invasive methods to deal with chronic pain. The most common being:
- TENS units (electrical shock)
- Acupuncture (lightly pricking your skin with needles)
- Surgery (to try and correct improperly healed injuries)
There’s also a new type of non-invasive, drug free therapy which has shown effective in treating chronic pain. The concept of the thermal grill illusion has been known to scientists for many years - When applying both hot and cold simultaneously to a specific point on the body, your nerves can’t distinguish between the two, creating an intense sensation. This sensation has shown to be effective in blocking the pain signals sent to your brain for hours, or even days. The more the pain signals are blocked, the longer the relief, as over time you are essentially retraining your body and nerves to stop sending the incorrect messages to your brain.
This revolutionary pain relief concept is now available for you to try by means of a small handheld device. Benepod is a non-invasive, drug free solution for chronic pain, which utilizes your bodies natural abilities to heal itself. For more information, click here.