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What is pain?

what-is-pain

What is pain?

We’ve all experienced some sort of pain in our lifetime, but what is pain?


Pain the uncomfortable sensory and emotional feeling associated with an actual or potential tissue damage.

Most of the time pain is the last sensation to occur. Simply, it’s a warning sign, or the body pressing the big red help button.

It’s actually long before where the body NEEDS intervention, but will only WANT it when it’s too late.

The hardest thing about pain is its subjective nature as it’s not only determined by its physical nature. Instead it will differ duration, frequency and intensity depending on the emotion that is held to it. It will also differ person to person depending on their attitudes, beliefs, personality and social factors. Normally the bigger the bigger the emotional hold the longer and more intense pain you will have.

Of course, we are happy to symptomatically give you relief through physical therapy which can be done in a shorter amount of time. But if you want to fix the problem, unravel the body’s compensation mechanisms, and allow your body to move and feel great long term then here at Thrive you will have found your tribe. 

Our goal is to first get you out of pain, but then supply you with the tools (movement, rehabilitation, education) so that you can feel confident on returning to your favourite activities stronger than before. 

Please stop looking at pain as your first indicator. Instead look for little cues such as these:

  • Are you waking stiff
  • Does your body feel vulnerable or unstable, maybe out of ‘alignment’?
  • When you move do you have the same movement side to side, or does one side feel tighter than the other?
  • Is one side of your body stronger than the other?

If you are suffering pain or discomfort, please make an appointment to come in and be assessed by one of our Chiropractors or Physiotherapists to understand the cause so you can begin treatment to get back doing what you love.

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