The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain

The Psychological Impact of Chronic Pain

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According to research by the government of Canada, more than 2 million people aged between 12–44 reported back problems, and a third of this number reported chronic pain. Other prevalent conditions in this age group included migraines and headaches.

These conditions were higher among women (17%), and approximately a quarter of them also reported chronic pain.

These numbers are staggering, and show that chronic pain is a top priority issue in healthcare.

What causes Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is not only inconvenient, but it also affects a large number of people belonging to all age groups. As a result, it’s important to educate yourself on what’s causing chronic pain for you, so you can seek the right kind of help for yourself.

There are numerous reasons for chronic pain, and some of the most common are a result of bad habits we might have developed over time. For example, bad posture can impact the structure of your spine, so can sleeping on a mattress that is not good for your spine.

Knowing the cause of your back pain will help us find the most optimal pain management solution for you.

Other reasons include a specific injury, a wound that healed a long time ago, post surgery trauma, etc. There can even be instances of chronic pain where there is no prior trauma or no underlying tissue damage. The following conditions are the most common reasons for chronic pain:

  • Neuropathy (or nerve damage)
  • Headaches
  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Shingles

What can Chronic Pain do to you?

You know what chronic pain is caused by now, but did you know that chronic pain can cause more than just discomfort? Learning how to manage chronic pain means not just seeking massage therapy or shockwave therapy, but also therapy for your mental health.

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Chronic pain can have severe effects on your mental and emotional wellbeing. It leads to a constant state of fatigue and stress which can bring you down. It’s important to seek treatment for your chronic pain immediately, before it takes too big of a toll on you.

Experiencing emotions like sadness and anxiety is normal for people suffering from chronic pain, but it can also aggravate the pain further. Chronic pain can also impact other social aspects of your life.

Your work life may be affected as you miss more days because of the pain. It may also become difficult to carry out simple everyday tasks which can be frustrating. It’s important for you to remember to take care of yourself during these times, and don’t blame yourself. Take it easy and seek treatment which is therapeutic for your emotional health as well, such as massage therapy.

For more helpful tips on managing chronic pain, you can read here.

How can we help?

At Divergent Healthcare we take a multidisciplinary approach to pain management. We make sure to be innovative in providing you treatment solutions at our pain relief clinic in Calgary. We work with you to achieve a level of comfort that works best for you. We understand the impact of chronic pain on all aspects of your life. Let our expert massage therapists accommodate you and your needs in our clinics. Call now to book your appointment.


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