Learning more about your body is one of the most effective ways to start overcoming a persistent pain issue. Pain often makes us feel like a part of our body is breaking. Learning about how your body actually works gives us a different message. Pain research has been showing us that how we think about pain can change the way it feels; and that understanding is important because it changes the way that you respond to pain. Understanding that pain is much more complex than a signal from damaged tissues is one of the best things you can do to start your journey to recovery – in fact, many people say that their pain began to reduce as soon as they understood it better.
Knowing how your body works can transform your sense of what is possible in terms of tissue repair and its full capabilities. Instead of wearing out like old jeans, the body actually gets stronger with sensible use. Understanding pain also helps retrain the pain system – our Protective Alarm System. Very often the pain system leads us to feel that things are much worse than they actually. Knowing some of the easy ways to start turning down these alarm bells and supporting your tissues to strengthen quickly after injury can get you on the road to feeling better fast. Amazing as it sounds, even just learning new things can be analagesic and anti-inflammatory!