Pain is simply a response in your nervous system that indicates an injury or abnormality in some part of your body. Therefore, pain management is a rather complex process that will take many aspects of your health into account. As you go through different treatments and therapies, it is helpful to understand the vocabulary that may be used to describe your symptoms. Here is a guide to some of the more common terms:
- Chronic Pain: This type of pain is persistent and reoccurring. It may be caused by an ongoing illness such as arthritis, or it may be the lingering result of a previous injury that did not heal properly. Chronic pain typically requires continuous treatment to manage, because the causes tend to be permanent conditions.
- Acute Pain: When you wake up in the morning and experience neck pain that was not present the day before, you are suffering from acute pain. This type of pain is usually not long lasting, but it can disrupt your daily life. It can be caused by physical or emotional stress, injury, or tissue damage. It is important to seek treatment for this type of pain so that it doesn’t develop into an ongoing problem.
- Trigger Points: The nervous system connects all parts of the body together so that your brain can effectively communicate messages. However, this also causes certain injuries to send pain signals away from the actual point of trauma. The areas in which this occurs are called trigger points, which are knots that develop on the deep skeletal muscles. Trigger point massage is often utilized to work out this tension and relieve pain.
- Vertebral Subluxation: A subluxation is a lesion (abnormality) of the spinal column that can cause pain and numbness because of the impact it has on the spinal cord. This may also cause neurological problems and altered function of vital organs.
The Pain and Wellness Center in Peabody can help you reduce your pain symptoms and improve your quality of life using a variety of different healing techniques. Learn more about us on our website or by calling (978) 826-7230.