We all experience pain, and it is a natural human response to want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. However, it can be frustrating to try various therapies and remedies only to experience little to no relief. This can leave us wondering why our pain isn't getting better. The truth is, pain is a complex experience that involves a combination of physical, psychological and social factors, and many people don't understand what truly contributes to their pain.
While there are many treatments and therapies available for pain, some methods may not be as effective as others. One common misconception about pain is that it can be cured with a few quick fixes, such as foam rolling, massage, or spinal adjustments. However, while these techniques may provide temporary relief, they often do not give the long-term relief from pain that many think they do.
Another commonly blamed culprit of pain is poor posture or a weak core. However, there is currently no evidence to suggest that these factors contribute to pain. In fact, many people with excellent posture and strong cores still experience pain.
So, what should you focus on if your pain isn't improving? The answer is just as complex as pain itself and is different for everyone. Improving pain is less about quick fixes and better posture and more about long-term behaviour change and stress management. Some factors that can positively impact pain include:
Remember, if your pain isn't improving, it's important to look beyond quick fixes and address the potentially more complex nature of your pain. Focusing on movement, sleep, stress reduction, and education can be helpful in managing pain and improving your overall quality of life.
Pain is not a one-size-fits-all experience, and it can be beneficial to work with a healthcare professional to develop a personalised plan for managing your pain. If you need help understanding your pain or want to know more about what you can do to improve your pain book in with one of our allied health professionals now.
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