Chronic pain can be a real pain! Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting 3-6 months or more. It can interfere with your quality of life and limit your ability to perform normal activities of daily living. Chronic pain has a physical, emotional, and chemical component. It is important for treatment to identify which and how much each of these factors is playing a role in your pain. Often times it is a combination of factors.
Sometimes chronic pain can be caused by something we are doing. It can be our occupation, or another activity we carry out regularly. Recognizing the positions and activities which aggravate your pain is important for preventing future symptoms. Chronic pain can also develop after an injury or disease, or be related to conditions such as fibromyalgia, Lyme’s disease, or arthritis, among others. Other times there is underlying inflammation within a certain area of the body or circulating throughout the entire body. Unbalanced or improper nutrition can feed into inflammatory conditions so it is important to take a close look at your diet and consult a healthcare professional to help you make the best choices.
Sometimes pain levels can be alleviated with proper treatment and self-care. Other times we can only manage the pain and reduce it to tolerable levels, allowing us to function more freely with improved quality of life. Proper assessment is the first step in understanding the potential causes and components that are contributing the chronic pain you are experiencing. Once there is a clear understanding of potential causes and contributing factors you can begin on the path to pain relief with the right combination of therapeutic options including physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and medication.
Initial consultations at IATM are free of charge. We look forward to assisting you.
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