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The Pain Cycle

The cause of chronic pain can stem from an injury that results in your body having trouble moving naturally. This imbalance in motion can cause poor posture which is a leading cause of the pain cycle. By looking at this cycle, experts are able to see how your body compensates for an injury and how that can create an ongoing cycle that can lead to long-lasting pain. 

How does the Pain Cycle Begin?

The pain cycle starts because of an injury. This is because the injury will lead to an adjustment in the way one sits, stands, walks, etc. There is often an overcompensation in certain movements in order to avoid pain in the injured area. For example if you have foot pain, your body will try to decrease the pain felt by walking only on the side or front of your foot. However, that would be an abnormal movement seeing as you are supposed to be walking with your weight at the base of your foot. Therefore, as your body tries to heal the original injury, the abnormal movement might cause other injuries or pain leading to the cycle. 

Lasting Effects of the Pain Cycle

Depending on severity of the injury, recovery time can either be long or short. While the recovery period is underway, the muscles, ligaments, or nerves become used to moving in an abnormal way. Even after the injury is healed the new motions and movements stay. The long term use of these movements can lead to chronic pain. The movements your body once used to to avoid pain are now the cause of your pain. 

How Can You Stop the Pain Cycle?

The only way to prevent this kind of chronic pain is to restore the correct motions and posture to the body. This means taking the steps necessary to bring back those natural movements. For help and guidance it is recommended to see a chronic pain specialist before trying any methods that might cause more pain rather than helping. The right pain treatment plan can help ensure your body continues to promote balance. Contact Pain Specialty Group here for expert chronic pain treatment.

Author
Aidan Fisher, Maureen Cassidy Pain Specialty Group

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