Pain is unpleasant and always real - you are the only person who can tell how much something hurts you. Did you know that pain is a measure of protection and not tissue damage? In its acute form, pain is important because it tells us to rest so the body can heal. Chronic pain on the other hand over-protects us and prevents recovery.
On the scientific basis of a Biopsychosocial approach to chronic pain management, I educate my clients on pain, and we explore personal factors that help and factors that hinder recovery.
In some cases, pain cannot be eliminated but a lot can be done to improve quality of life so that pain does not take centre stage.