What is Pain?
Pain is actually a wide spectrum of disorders including acute pain, chronic pain and cancer pain and sometimes a combination of these.
Everyone feels pain differently and nobody can know what somebody else's pain is like. This can make it difficult to define and describe pain.
The definition of pain devised by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is 'pain is an unpleasant
sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage'. This is a widely used and accepted definition of both short-term acute pain
and chronic pain.
Dr Macrae, a Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist explained that acute pain is the body's warning system which tells the body to move away from danger and to protect itself from further injury, and that with chronic pain there are changes in the nervous system and brain so that the pain system no longer functions as a warning system. (healthtalk.org)
Occasionally, pain can even be the problem all by itself, without any obvious cause at all.
0ur multi-disciplinary center can help you manage your pain with a customised program of physical, behavioural, and psychological therapies.
Our holistic therapists may teach you about your pain, coach you on lifestyle changes, and offer complementary or alternative medicine. These can include:
What’s the Goal?
It's to cut your pain and raise your quality of life. Treatment at a pain clinic can give you the skills to manage your chronic pain on your own and make you more able to function, possibly so that you may return to normal activities.
Do They Work?
Multiple studies say folks who have comprehensive pain management have less pain and emotional distress. Research says they also can do their daily tasks easier.
However, what works for one person may not work for another.
What Should I Avoid?
You should stay away from pain clinics that offer mostly narcotics to treat pain. These medications can be highly addictive. They also can interact with other things you take.
At Element Health and Wellbeing, we focus on the person, not the pain.
It is always recommended that you consult your GP first; alternative therapies are complementary to and therefore not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.