The numbers of people encountering chronic pain in their lives seems to be escalating daily. Chronic pain in itself is often not the problem, it’s our response to chronic pain that frequently determines how we cope with the problem.
Simply put, chronic pain is the state that arises in our mind and body when something is wrong following an illness, injury, accident or trauma. Chronic pain is a often a natural response intended to force us to change how we do things.
Unfortunately, when we are already over-loaded with pain signals and we ourselves or others want us to get involved in unnecessary activity we end up torn between all. If we try to meet all the demands at once we put ourselves under even more pressure and, inevitably, a vicious cycle starts.
Succeeding with chronic pain requires us to be good at reading and responding to our body and mind and creating priorities.