Have you or someone you know been experiencing persistent pain for 6 months or more? 

Pain persisting past 6 months is called chronic pain and is a big problem in Australia, affecting one in five people.

Osteohealth’s Marnie Lowry and Kate Johnson have been collaborating on producing a program aimed at providing you with an introduction to pain science.

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Current research demonstrates that 100% of pain is produced by the brain- this means all pain is created by the brain- no exceptions! No brain equals no pain. It is not dependent on tissue damage or a specific injury.

Most cases of tissue damage, for example in low back pain or an ankle sprain, resolve relatively quickly with staying active and gradually returning to your normal activities. However; some people experience pain which persists past the natural tissue healing process, this is called persistent or chronic pain. Tissue healing of most structures including muscles, ligaments, bones and discs, should resolve by 3-6 months. In those that pain continues past this timeframe we understand that tissue injury is not the main issue. In these situations pain is less about structural damage within our body and more to do with an increased sensitivity of our nervous system. There are a number of different factors that can make our nervous system more sensitive, including; cultural, biological, social, psychological and environmental factors. This obviously makes management more complex.

In long term pain states, patient management relies on the importance of educating you about how pain is produced. Education allows you to better understand how ongoing pain states occur and can help to empower you by giving you the skills to make appropriate changes to reduce the sensitivity of your nervous system.

This course will run for 4 x 1 hour sessions over four weeks. It is an educational introduction to pain workshop which will cover, What is pain? What things influence pain? Strategies and tools to manage your pain.

If you think you or someone you know may benefit from attending this workshop please contact us at Osteohealth on 6021 2777. We are accepting people over the age of 18 who have been experiencing pain for six months or longer.

 

-Kate Johnson