When pain persists for longer than about 3 months it is referred to as ‘Chronic Pain’. Chronic pain can arise from overuse injuries, poor posture, myofascial trigger points and other soft tissue damage. These types of injuries or conditions are treatable and often are quickly resolved and manageable with manual therapy. Chronic pain that is not traceable to a specific location can be a lot harder to treat and manage.
When Chronic Pain cannot be pin pointed it can be hard to deal with. Many physicians use the term fibromyalgia when dealing with chronic pain found in the muscles and joints but give you little advice as to how to treat the condition. Chronic pain can also go hand in hand with chronic fatigue. If you are over worked, over stressed or have endured a serious disease there is a good chance you will be suffering with chronic pain whether it be in your muscles, joints, bones or viscera. At this stage the body is in a state of energy crisis, meaning it cannot repair or heal itself within normal time frames. Any bug, infection, disease and muscle spasm can take 10 times as long to heal compared to a normal healthy person. It should be acknowledged and treated with seriousness and compassion.
Examples of Chronic Pain disorders;
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Arthritis (especially osteoarthritis)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nerve damage (neuropathy)
- Chronic fatigue
- Soft tissue overuse injuries
Chronic pain can be unrelenting and lead to various degrees of disability including psychological disorders. We recommend the biopsychosocial model for the management of chronic pain which considers the physical body, psychological aspects and social situations and lifestyle. We need to address all areas of health and recognise their important relationships in treatment for chronic illness.
As a Myotherapist our treatment will involve massage, trigger point therapy, stretching, dry needling, fascial release, joint mobilisation postural correction and exercise. This will release the tight aching muscles and increase circulation to promote metabolism and healing. Exercise is also very important as it will release chemicals which reduces your sensitivity to pain.