Wednesday, August 15, 2007

(Post # 2) Understanding Pain

To treat our pain safely and effectively, we must first identify the type of pain we are dealing with.

Here are the different types of pain:

Chemical Pain
  • Pain is constant, regardlessof the position we adopt.

  • It is caused by inflammation.

  • Movement makes it worst.

  • It may be helped by anti-inflammatory medication.

  • We may need to use the RICES concept (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate and Stabilize).
Mechanical Pain
  • Pain is intermittent, it comes and goes depending on the position we adopt.

  • Pain will improve if we do the right type of movement or therapeutic exercise.

  • It does not respond to medication.