Understanding Pain: Nature’s Early Warning System

, Sunday, 18 November 2012

It tells the BRAIN to take avoiding action against whatever is causing the pain. This is usually an involuntary action, as when your hand jerks away when pricked by a pin, or when you touch something very hot. It thus prevents further injury.

Though the sufferer finds pain all too real, it is often difficult to describe. However, it is important to try, for description will help your massage therapist to make a diagnosis. Continuous throbbing pain indicates swelling or inflammation in a restricted space, as in a carbuncle or tooth abscess. Intermittent stabbing pain results from the stretching or swelling of a tube-like part of the intestine. A dull continuous ache can strain muscle and ligaments.

Exactly where you feel the pain is also important in diagnosis – it may not necessarily be felt as the site of actual injury. This referred pain as it is known can be felt down to the left arm and fingers in some condition, for example, while abscess under the diaphragm gives pain in the shoulder.

The pain threshold

Tests have shown that pain threshold – the point during the painful stimulus at which pain is first felt is roughly the same among all ordinary, healthy people. On the other hand, the pain tolerance point, when the pain becomes unpleasant varies greatly.

However, several factors, other than the immediate cause of the pain can influence the threshold illness, hunger, extremes of climatic temperature, swing in temperature and pain caused by another condition all work to lower the threshold, giving greater pain. For example, many arthritis finds their pain worse in spring and autumns, when the swing in temperature is at their greatest.

Pain and psychological conditions

Worry, fear, anxiety, fatigue, stress, depression and insomnia all play a similar role. For instance, pain often gets worse as the day progresses, and your tiredness increases.

Other psychological factors work in the opposite way to raise the threshold and ease the pain. When you believe strongly that pain gets better, it often does; and faith in your doctor massage therapist or treatment, to make it better may have the same effect. And so do concentration of the mind, and emotions such as happiness and excitement. You may be so absorbed in catching your train that you fail to notice that your shoes are giving you a blister. Then they are the physical pain relievers, such as analgesics, anesthetics, and a host of conventional and alternative remedies and body massage treatments. However, all practitioner are only too aware that muscular pain is often an early warning that something is wrong, whether it is a physical problem or an emotional condition, and will aim to diagnose and treat the root cause. Sufferers should bear this in mind too – if pain persists Massaggi refer clients to specialists consultant or doctor.

Killing pain the natural way

The human body produces its own powerful painkillers. Endorphin and encephalins are examples – protein occurring naturally in the brain which has effects similar to those produced by opiates. The body synthesizes them from an amino acid in the protein in your diet.

Dopamine and the so-called stress hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline, which are produced by the adrenal gland, are similar proteins. Their release is triggered by stress and exercise and can prove very effective. For example, by the player may not become aware that he has been injured until an exciting and strenuous game is over; and many wounded people have little or no pain at the time of their injury. The hormones can also relieve chronic (long-lasting) pain.

Dopamine and the hormones are produced by the body from the amino acid. The body cannot synthesize this, and it is an essential amino acid – one must be provided by the diet. Cheese, nuts such as peanuts and almonds, avocados, bananas, lima, beans, herrings and sesame, and pumpkin seeds are good dietary sources.

Like vitamins and minerals, DLPA is available as a dietary supplement from health shops. However, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and ask your doctor about taking the supplement if you are pregnant or are being treated for high blood pressure.

What massage therapist recommend

Massaggi therapist investigates and helps you with a condition causing the pain. For the pain itself Massaggi recommend the following:

Pressure points and self-massage treatments to reduce pain

  • Rub a part of the body when it hurts, so do this initially if it helps to lessen the pain.
  • For general pain apply pressure in the hollow behind the outer ankle bone, pressing inwards and little towards the ankle bone.
  • For pain in the upper body, apply pressure at the end of the crease in the web between the finger and the thumb, pressing towards the finger bone.
  • For pain in the lower body, apply pressure one hand’s width above the crown of the inner ankle bone just behind the shin bone, pressing inwards beside the bone.

Pain relief and massage treatments with Ben Pianese

Ben Pianese’s approach to dealing with stress, joints and nerve pains includes an holistic look at the body and the employment of a number of massage techniques designed for the rapid relief of the pain and help re-balance the body’s natural muscles alignment. The results are often described as miraculous with chronic pain sufferers finding relief from their ailment after just a few massage therapy sessions.

Ben has been a practical pain management trainer and a celebrated massage therapist. He believes human well-being is deeply connected to the health of mind and body both, including deep tissues. He holds numerous certifications for best of breeds massage techniques helping him on a mission for healthy London and then rest of the world. He has been an active contributor in massage technique research and on Massaggi blog.