TYPES OF PAIN
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, it defined chronic pain as actual or potential tissue damage. There are two types of pain, Acute and Chronic, which greatly differ from one another. Acute pain is usually shorter term and can last up to 6 months. This can result from injury, disease, inflammation, post surgery or trauma to the tissues. Acute pain can cause anxiety, or emotional distress. In severe
cases it can become chronic.
Acute pain is usually caused by stimulation of the
Sympathetic Nervous System. This can cause an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. However, many people with Acute pain do not show these physical signs, they may experience sleep disturbances, irritability, lack of energy, depression, even lifestyle and personality changes.
Chronic pain, may present with chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia,
irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction,) and many other ailments.
Pain syndromes can result from severe trauma from head and spinal cord injuries to other disorders. Pain is the most common reason people enter the healthcare system. Side effects from pain medication, sedentary lifestyle, seclusion and depression, and the addiction from painkillers can be as devastating as the pain itself. People need to realize that pain is
something they do not need to live with, in fact, if untreated, pain can lead to other health
problems down the road.
Alternative therapies can offer great help, but one should always rule out unknown pain with a physician prior to engaging in any alternative therapies.
However, utilizing tuina massage, acupressure and color light therapy can help the body safely and naturally enhance its own healing capabilities, and has proven to be successful in pain reduction, while speeding up the healing process. Studies have shown that color light therapy can produce greater and longer lasting relief from pain. See Research page.