Smile to Beat Pain

Battling with chronic pain? Fed up of people telling you to think more positively when all you can think about is a miracle cure for those daily aches and niggles?

These kinds of comments may be annoying, but there could be some truth in taking such advice on board!

According to our Newcastle Under Lyme chiropractor who has treated patients suffering with a variety of chronic pain, pain is a very subjective experience. Expectations, stress, social support and underlying beliefs can all have an influence on the degree of pain one feels. And of course, it’s long been recognised that optimism and positive thinking can influence an individual’s experience of pain.

The mind and the body are very closely linked and how good we feel on the inside can often influence how well we feel on the outside.

Top Tips on Caring for Someone with Chronic Pain

Caring for someone with chronic pain? It isn’t easy, but there are ways you can support them in managing their condition with these top tips from our Newcastle Under Lyme chiropractor:

If you know or care for someone who has chronic pain, there are things you can do to help support them in managing their condition.

Listen

Understanding what chronic pain feels like can be difficult if you haven’t experienced it yourself. Do your best to listen when the person you care for tells you how they feel. It may also be a good idea to speak with their medical team or go along to appointments to gain a better insight into their condition.

Encourage teamwork

Chronic pain isn’t something anyone should have to experience alone. A strong support team is likely to help the person you’re caring for to manage their condition.

Continue to treat them as a person

Although you’re naturally going to show concern about a person in pain, it’s also important to show interest in other parts of their life such as their hobbies, job and family. This will help to remind your loved one that you see them as a rounded human being and that you don’t define them by their chronic pain condition.

Our team of chiropractors are always here with help and advice.

Our Newcastle under Lyme Chiropractor Explains What Your Back Pain is Trying To Tell You

back care advice from our newcastle under lyme chiropractorAt one time or another, most people feel the misery of lower back pain. Think about it; the upright spine is as unique to being human as having an opposable thumb. But where it’s easy to see that using our hands and fingers involves every aspect of life, we can’t always say the same about our backs.

We’ve all said things like “My back went out” or “I must have hurt my back”. But these flippant statements fall short of an adequate explanation for back pain. There is always a reason for back pain; it may be common but it’s certainly not normal.

If you’re suffering from back pain, it’s important to distinguish between chronic and acute pain. Acute pain is typically intense and lasts from a few days to several weeks. This kind of pain is generally due to sprains and strains and usually gets better within just a few weeks. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts longer than three months. This kind of pain is typically more complicated when it comes to forming a causative diagnosis.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to evaluating the cause of your pain. Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor has put together the following check list for you to consider as possible reasons for your back pain:

  • Physical stress on the spine
  • Having a sedentary job
  • A lack of exercise
  • Psychological issues
  • Depression, stress or anxiety
  • Sudden changes in your physical routine
  • Poor sleeping patterns
  • How well you deal with stress
  • Aging
  • Previous injuries or traumas, such as car accidents and sports injuries
  • Unknown predispositions
  • Medical problems
  • Poor posture
  • Unhealthy habits such as having a  poor diet or smoking

Bear in mind that the complex structure of the human spine makes it prone to accidental sprains and strains. These types of incidents are by far the most common cause of lower back pain. Sprains usually occur when ligaments are overstretched or torn from their attachments. Strains happen when muscles are ripped or torn. Poor posture alone can cause sprains and strains, so it’s always important to consider lifestyle factors when it comes to evaluating the cause of your back problems. The good news is that most of the things that put you at risk of developing back pain can be changed or even eradicated from your life.

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. Don’t ignore it; it is there for a reason. You wouldn’t let an itch go without scratching it, would you?