Pain can be split into 2 category’s.
Short term Pain….
If we cut or burn ourselves, sprain our wrist we feel instant pain.
This pain warns us to escape from the situation as we are in danger.
Once our body begins to heal the wound or the sprain we begin experiencing less pain.
Long term pain…lasts for 3 months or more
Often appears more vague and generalised usually we may find no specific cause can be found as to why we are experiencing this pain.
It effects our emotions, behaviour and thoughts and can affect our every day life affecting the way we carry out our activities of daily living.
Can we manage Long term pain….YES
We can learn to manage our pain by working on our emotions, this may be seeking help from a health professional, by focusing our attention on activities we enjoy doing.
We can learn some new coping skills to help us manage our pain.
We need to find something that works for us as everyone is different and different approaches will help different people.