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Acute Pain versus Chronic Pain

Steve Haines - Monday, September 23, 2013

Chronic pain is nearly always a habit in the nervous system. Acute pain is an interpretation of nociceptive signals indicating tissue damage and inflammation. The tissues optimise the local repairs after a few months, so if the experience of pain persists then it is far more likely your central nervous system still frames the region initially damaged as unsafe in some way. Here is a really nice graph (adapted from a NOI group training manual) giving some sense of the shift from tissue damage making up 3/4 of the pain experience in acute pain, to central processing making up 3/4 of the pain experience in chronic pain.

pain gifford graph_edited-2

New Research - you can see the changes in the brain in chronic pain 

Here is a video describing how brain changes can be seen in chronic pain patients on MRI scans. Wild stuff, pain is very strange, and not what I was taught at chiropractic college.

The full original article on brain changes can be seen here http://americannewsreport.com/nationalpainreport/scientists-say-brain-hot-wired-chronic-pain-8821714.html

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Steve Haines commented on 20-Mar-2018 05:34 PM
Reblogged this on Pain Is Really Strange.

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