The Big Question – Why do I get pain?
Pain usually starts at the site of injury. When you injure yourself, pain receptors are stimulated, causing chemicals in your body to be released. These chemicals carry the message “it’s sore” directly to the brain via the spinal cord. The brain interprets the pain message and it sends the same message back to the area of injury. This allows you to be consciously aware of your injury and your response is either to stop what you were doing that caused the injury, or to try and protect the area from further damage.
This process usually happens very quickly – within seconds. This is usually known as acute pain. It is usually a short term pain and is usually present after an accident or injury. Once the injury is healed, the pain disappears. There is a second type of pain known as chronic pain. This pain is more persistent, and because it lasts for a long period of time, a person’s sensitivity to pain will be increased. Sometimes a person may perceive a gentle touch as pain. This type of pain usually needs long term treatment and therapy.
Chiropractic treatment can help with both acute and chronic pain.
Top 3 tips to treat pain:
- If you have been injured and there is swelling (e.g. sprained your ankle or caught your fingers in the door) - apply an ice pack over the area for 10 minutes at 30 minute intervals as often as possible for 24 to 48 hours.
- If you have tension or stiffness in muscles – apply a heat pack/microwave bean bag over the area for 10 minutes at 30 minute intervals or as often as possible for 24 to 48 hours.
- Place a cup of Epsom salts in a bath filled with hot water (as hot as you can handle) and soak in it for 20 minutes. Epsom salts helps to bring down inflammation and it eases pain.
I’m Dr Young – wishing you a better backs day.