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Pain Management

The team of professional and experienced physiotherapists at Body in Motion is here to help you get the most out of life. With the right assessment and treatment, we can help reduce your pain and discomfort.

Pain is complex, but it is one of the body’s most important communication tools. It’s one way the body tells you something's wrong and needs attention. The experience of pain varies from one person to the next, and there are many treatment options to reduce pain which include medication, therapies, as well as mind and body techniques.

Understanding pain

Acute pain typically comes on suddenly and usually has a limited duration. It's frequently caused by damage to tissue such as bone, muscle, or organs.

Chronic pain lasts longer than acute pain and is generally somewhat resistant to medical treatment. It's usually associated with a long-term illness, such as osteoarthritis. Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain state that usually is accompanied by tissue injury. With neuropathic pain, the nerve fibers themselves might be damaged, dysfunctional, or injured.

Threshold and Tolerance

Understanding the difference between pain threshold and pain tolerance is also crucial. Pain threshold is the point where pain is first felt, which is highly influenced by nervous system sensitivity. Chronic pain patients often have a very low threshold due to the effects of peripheral or central sensitisation within the nervous system. Desensitising strategies are aimed at increasing pain threshold.

Pain tolerance is how much pain a person is able to put up with. This is within the individuals control and will be highly dependent on the context, beliefs, motivation, and other factors. Chronic pain clients often have a high pain tolerance as they put up with pain on a daily basis. This is often confused with a high pain threshold.

The team at Body in Motion is keen to discuss things furter with you, and work on a treatment plan that works to reduce your pain. Contact us today!

For a copy of our pain management questionnaire please CLICK HERE