Managing chronic pain

Managing chronic pain

Knowledge is power

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how pain works is a key strategy in managing it. Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work and their role in pain can decrease your chance of developing chronic symptoms. Pain was once thought to be an indicator of injury to body tissue; it is now known that pain also can be a warning signal designed to alert us to potential damage and to protect us from injury. As a result of this new understanding, we now know that feeling pain does not necessarily mean a physical injury has occurred. When the potential for injury occurs special nerves called nociceptors send information toward the brain to warn of damage.

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