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What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can be described as ongoing or recurrent pain, lasting beyond the usual course of acute illness or injury or more than 3 to 6 months, and which adversely affects the individual’s well-being. A simpler definition for chronic or persistent pain is pain that continues when it should not. 

Recovery from chronic pain is possible.

All pain is REAL!  But it is important to know that all pain is activated and controlled by your brain.  In short, your brain is your computer.  When your brain perceives fear, anxiety, or danger it can often trigger physical pain.  When this happens, your neural circuit gets stuck on.  The great news, supported fully by current pain research, is that it can be undone.  

How can physical therapy help?

Your physical therapist can help you rule out any medical or biomechanical sources of your pain, and rule in a neural circuit issue.  Once identified, there are several route to take to treat and retrain your brain.  Your PT will help you move through movement of your body while working with your to help you reprogram your neural circuits.  

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Recommended Resources 

Curable podcast: Like Mind, Like Body

Tell me about your pain

  • Unlearn Your Pain- Schubiner

  • This Way Out-Gordon

  • Back In Control- Hanscom

  • All The Rage

  • This Might Hurt

  • Pain Brain


The Mind and Fitness Podcast

Pain Reframed

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