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Pain is a complex phenomena. Pain is Normal, BUT living with Pain is not....
The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as
“unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage.”
So What Does this Mean?
It means that all pain, regardless of the injury has an emotional experience associated with it, even if it is just a little or a a lot. It means that to treat your pain, we need to address your pain through the lens of a biopscyhosocial model. A comprehensive biopsychosocial model is used for every patient I treat.
We know that after a stressful day, and let's face it, who does not have stress as a part of their day, one's pelvic floor conditions will appear to have worsened. For example, if you have a prolapse, after a stressful day, your prolapse symptoms may feel worse, but the grade of your prolapse has not changed. We also know, the pelvic floor is the first place that tenses up with stress, not your shoulders and/or neck. It is not just stress, it can be anxiety, our beliefs, emotions, and thoughts which perpetuate pain.
Think of your pain system as a home alarm system - It is designed to go off when a burglar enters your home. However, what happens if it goes off when a leaf blows by? Or continues to go off months or years after the actual tissues themselves have healed? The alarm system is working, no question there; it is just too sensitive. One in four people will have pain, but will have no injury. I will teach you the latest in pain science to help you down train your sensitive nervous system.
As a physiotherapist, if your muscle is tight we will stretch it. If it is weak, we will strengthen it. If your pain system is too sensitive, I will teach you how to desensitize it. Every person who has pain as a component of their overall condition needs to be examined through a biopsychosocial model. Otherwise, it does matter how many exercises you complete, or how many specialists you seek out, you will plateau in your recovery.