Over the last 20 years there have been some major changes in how the scientific world understands an individual’s experience of pain. It has now been established that an experience of pain is an ‘output’ or ‘construct’ of the brain. So, what does this mean?
Our brains constantly receive information from millions of sensors positioned throughout our entire body. Information from our sense of touch, smell, taste, sight and sound are processed along with body’s internal sensors to check on temperature, chemical activity and mechanical pressure. In this way we maintain our health. We adjust our blood pressure, sweat or shiver to regulate our temperature and experience hunger and thirst in order that we eat and drink.
Our experience of pain is part of this natural design and it is the mechanism designed to protect us. If we touch something too hot then the resulting pain will make us move quickly and hopefully we can avoid being burnt. Every animal has these basic mechanisms from which a warning can be initiated by extreme temperature, chemical changes and mechanical force, like getting your finger trapped in a door.
Pain from these protective mechanisms is quite easy to understand, but a pain experience that starts without any apparent reason generally causes much more concern. That’s why an accurate diagnosis is essential and why Clinic 360 uses diagnostic ultrasound to help reveal what is happening to tissues beneath the skin. If a person raises their arm and experiences pain then maybe internal tissues are being trapped. Without appropriate investigation the cause of the pain is often guess work. Clinic 360 can help take the guess work out of your diagnosis.
At Clinic 360 we also understand how the brain can become sensitised to long term pain impulses. This can develop into a secondary problem which is medically termed as Chronic pain. Recognising this problem is also essential to ensure a complete diagnosis is established and your pain can be treated in the best scientific way.Make an appointment