Chronic pain and overall body inflammation are at the root of any disease process, especially so in cases of pain. Day one of medical school discusses the main causative factors of disease and that little gem is inflammation. Chronic pain suffers can rarely get off pain medications until the inflammation is resolved. While inflammation is a protective mechanism, hanging around for too long after the healing process has completed will lead to scar tissue and inflammation remaining, thereby, creating a ‘congestion’ in the system which perpetuates the pain, inflammation and impedes the body from returning to a state of wellness.
Symptoms of chronic pain
Chronic pain comes in many forms. It can be:
- Sharp and shooting
- or dull and aching
The areas where chronic pain is experienced include but are not limited to
And the list goes on and on.
Folks in pain can expect to feel sore when waking up with tight muscles, headaches, popping sounds in the joints, inability to touch ones’ toes, backaches, numbness, etc. These all stem from lack of circulation and blood flow, too much scar tissue, and inflammation in and around the ‘bull’s-eye’ areas of pain. Over time, scar tissue and adhesions that have formed from longstanding inflammation become ‘glue or cement’ like in the body prohibiting proper circulation.
It is also common for those suffering from chronic pain to experience:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia and depression are also commonplace among people suffering in pain.
While medication can be effective in controlling pain they do nothing to address any underlying issues such as the inflammation that could be perpetuating your problem and keeping you from healing.
Treatments for chronic pain
Natural methods such as:
- Physical therapy
- Massage and other manual therapies are by far and away much more beneficial to increasing circulation to the joints and muscles keeping them supple, lubricated and flexible.