Try Using Pain Science
Posted on: June 7, 2017
For chronic pain, consider lowering your use of medications and switching to more scientific pain management techniques. Let's discuss what pain science is and the benefits of pain science on pain management.
What is pain science?
Pain science is the study of understanding why we feel pain. Most people believe pain occurs when our bodies are harmed but that's not always the case! Pain can exist where there is no physical damage, as can physical damage without pain.
The Benefits of Pain Science on Pain Management
Pain science benefits the patient by providing understanding as to why and how the brain reacts to a certain stimulus or impression. By understanding why and how, patients can address pain directly (as in directed and specific pain treatment) as opposed to reaching for the pain medication bottle for broad, unfocused pain reduction.
Through the understanding of how brain signals that register as "pain", patients can move toward actually addressing the cause of the pain -- whether that's a real physical condition or merely a "pain mentality" -- instead of covering up the symptoms.
In this way, patients can actively fight pain through more natural techniques, like massage therapy.
Massage: A Scientific Pain Tool
Massage therapy is one way to battle pain scientifically. Unlike medications that affect our bodies chemically, massage uses trigger points and reflexology to ease the pain on an anatomical level without chemicals.
A massage therapist. undergoes intensive training on the body's 650+ muscles and how they relate to diseases and conditions. Using this learned science (aka massage therapy), the massage therapist. focuses on a specific muscle/ligament (or group of) to treat the underlying cause of pain.
In this way, the therapist can treat chronic pain specifically, unlike medications which affect the entire body.