Chronic Pain is when pain lasts for 6 months or longer and is generally recurring. It can be debilitating and wear at a person’s well-being. However, pain management strategies can be put into place to ensure that the pain has the least negative impact in a person’s life.
Science describes chronic pain as:
- Maladaptive responses of the organism’s protective systems
- A type of pain experience in which the pain motivates the individual to consciously perform protective actions that limit recovery
- Automatic responses of the organism limit recovery as well
In this case, the pain no longer is protecting us from an external threat as the brain perceives something dangerous is occurring right now in the body. This produces a state of constant stress in a person’s physiology and this stress can reinforce hypersensitive responses to pain that limit recovery. The pain essentially gets stuck at the anatomical level – however, there are ways to manage this!