WHAT IS CHRONIC PAIN?
Chronic pain refers to persistent or recurring pain that lasts for an extended period, typically lasting beyond the expected healing time of an injury or illness. Unlike acute pain, which serves as a warning signal for immediate tissue damage, chronic pain persists beyond the normal healing process and often becomes a condition in its own right.
Chronic pain can result from various underlying causes, such as injury, inflammation, nerve damage, or certain medical conditions. It can affect any part of the body and may manifest as aching, burning, shooting, or stabbing sensations. The intensity and impact of chronic pain can vary greatly, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating agony, and it can significantly interfere with daily activities, mood, sleep, and overall quality of life.
Managing chronic pain often requires a multidisciplinary approach, involving medical professionals, pain specialists, physical therapists, naturopaths and more. Treatment options may include medications, physical therapy, psychological interventions, lifestyle modifications, and natural health products. The goal of managing chronic pain is to improve functionality, reduce pain levels, and enhance overall well-being, empowering individuals to lead fulfilling lives despite their persistent pain.
WHO SHOULD I SEE AT ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS?
At Absolute Health & Wellness, we truly use a multi-disciplinary approach to treating Chronic Pain. We may rely on physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopaths, massage therapists to address some of the physical complications of some chronic pain. We also recommend all patients with chronic pain to consult with our Naturopath.
HOW WE COMMONLY TREAT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
- Physical Medicine: when there is joint involvement, muscular pains or any neurological involvement, our team of physios, chiros, osteos and massage therapists can have roles to play in assessment and treatment. A part of managing pain is to differentiate harm from hurt - as a means to retrain yourself.
- Supplements (Herbs, Vitamins, Minerals): many natural substances have strong human research showing they can be effective in treating chronic pain, even in conjunction with pharmaceutical medications
- Lifestyle and Behavior Modification: the things we do everyday such as diet/gut health, exercise and sleep have huge impacts on our health, including our immune system
- Acupuncture: for pain management, acupuncture has alot of research and is proven to be helpful in a lot of cases.
Every person is different, and autoimmune diseases are all different. Even the same condition in two people can presents differently, so we always take an individualized approach to treating your autoimmune disease.