Explaining Pain

Have you ever wondered, where does my pain come from?  Or why are some days more painful than others?  Well these are both loaded questions, but it can be summed up in one simple answer.  Pain is always 100% in your brain!

Believe it or not, your experience of pain is entirely a function of your brains response to a certain stimuli.  Which mean, yes we have pain sensors in your muscles, tissues, skin, etc., but none of the input into these sensors gets assigned a “pain” or “fear” response until it has been translated from our brain.  Here is a link to a video that further explains where pain comes from and how in translates into chronic pain.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_3phB93rv

One of the main basic concepts of this video is that there are lots of different factors that affect pain.  Especially chronic pain, but really all pain in general.  Stress, past experiences of pain, anxiety, fear of pain all contribute to our pain experience.  And because the brain is where all of our pain comes from, it is really an intertwined network of emotions that give us our pain response.  Like the video mentions, a lot of times the tissue that has been damaged has already been corrected, but in our minds we still have the fear or “threat” of pain.  And in turn we still “feel” the pain, even when the tissue is healed.

Definitely some food for thought.  So remember to stay positive in your thoughts and keep in mind all the different factors that may be affecting your pain.