Chronic Pain Conditions
Chronic pain may be the result of:
- an injury which is not properly healed, or which the body ‘thinks’ is not properly healed.
- a long-term medical condition
Chronic pain from injuries
Chronic pain can be caused by sports injuries, accidents, poor posture and over-use, for example prolonged computer use or intensive practice on a musical instrument.
Chronic pain can develop as the result of a vicious circle in which the body adapts its movements to avoid pain from the original injury. This creates tension in the surrounding soft tissues and therefore more pain. The effect is gradually to expand the painful area and/or to create patterns of referred pain. So, for example, what originally started as a shoulder injury can eventually result in pain in the knee. This type of chronic referred pain can be confusing to clients especially as the body is unpredictable in how it recognises pain and so the client may not necessarily feel pain in the areas between the shoulder and the knee.
As all injuries result in some sort of damage to the soft tissues of the body, we have found that a short programme of non-invasive myofascial release and advanced massage therapy techniques can be very effective for immediate pain relief and for further injury prevention.
Chornic pain from long-term conditions or surgery.
Chronic pain can be the result of long-term medical conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, hiatus hernia, irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, and many others.
Some diagnosed medical conditions consist of few symptoms other than chronic pain and the effects of chronic pain(poor sleep, anxiety, depression) with no explanation of how the pain has developed. And no medical treatments offered. Fibromyalgia is an example of one such diagnosed medical condition. We have found myofascial release and advanced massage therapy to be very effective in relieving pain and the effects of pain in clients with fibromyalgia.
Chronic pain can also be the result of damage to the body caused by surgery. This can have the vicious circle effect referred to above. Even minor scar tissue in one part of the body can cause major referred pain elsewhere.
There is a lot of controversy about chronic pain conditions or how chronic pain develops after injury or invasive surgery. Research is a sensitive issue because some healthcare professionals do not like to acknowledge the limits of current medical knowledge or the fact that patients suffer chronic pain which they believe is a direct result of medical treatment.