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Understanding the pain cycle

Pain is necessary. It alerts your body to injury, illness, and infection. But untreated can lead to loss of motion and more pain.  So, understanding the pain cycle can help you take control of managing your pain. 

The Creation of the Pain Cycle

Let’s assume you sustain an injury. The initial pain you feel is created by sensitive nerve endings that are alerting your brain that something bad has happened. This creates the beginning of the pain cycle. 

pain cycleYou have an injury that initially causes pain. When it hurts to move normally, your body compensates causing you to move in an awkward way. Over time other muscles and ligaments adapt and become trained to move differently too. Some muscles and ligaments will tighten while others weaken. The unbalanced motion and adaptation can then create new pain in those associated areas.  Then the cycle starts again in a new area of the body signaling to the brain that the original area is healed.  Now, your movement may be limited in the newly painful areas as well as the original area.  This is the pain cycle. 

If this sounds like you then you need professional rehab to help break this cycle.


How Massage Therapy Can Help Break the Cycle of Pain

Massage therapy can be quite an effective rehab for pain management. Your muscles contract in response to pain. Tight muscles can cause pressure on sensitive nerves, causing even more pain. Massage stretches contracted muscles and encourages your nervous system to release the tension. This improves the circulation to the injured or contracted muscles. Some of the pain you feel is a result of waste products becoming trapped in intense areas. When circulation is restored, you feel less pain as oxygen and essential nutrients replace the accumulated waste. 

You should also know that increasing your level of endorphins can help block pain signals. You can raise your endorphin levels with exercise, certain foods, reducing the stress in your life and by direct physical contact, like massage therapy. 

If you are unable to see a massage therapist, consider treating your self with these

Additional Sources:

The Pain Cycle |

First, there is Pain. Then, the body adapts creating a Pain Cycle.Pain Cycles are the vicious spiral of poor posture & unbalanced motion creating chronic pain and recurring injury. Injury begins a pain cycle. Once injured, the body moves to avoid pain.

Trauma equals danger-damage control by the immune system

Traumatic injuries induce a complex host response that disrupts immune system homeostasis and predisposes patients to opportunistic infections and inflammatory complications. The response to injuries varies considerably by type and severity, as well as by individual variables, such as age, sex, and genetics. These variables make studying the impact of trauma on the immune system challenging.

The Motion Cycle |

The Motion Cycle is the solution to the Pain Cycle. Unlocking motion and reducing tension and spasm relieves pain. Relieving pain allows more normal body motion, reduces joint stress, and allows the body to heal. In other words – Restore motion to balance posture so you move naturally and pain-free for optimal performance and staying active.

Felicia Hayes

Hi. I'm Felicia. I'm a licensed massage therapist in Ashburn, VA. I've been practicing massage since 2002. I am focused on helping people feel better and relieving aches & pains. I love what I do.

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