Physiotherapists aim to ease the symptoms of pain through education and exercises that will help you function, move, and live better. Did you know that pain is 100% of the time produced by the brain? This includes all pain no matter how it feels sharp, dull, strong or mild and no matter how long you’ve had it. You might have had pain for a few weeks or months, this is called acute pain. Acute pain is common with tissue damage from for example, a back injury or ankle sprain. Pain for three months or more is generally called persistent or chronic because in this type of pain, tissue damage is not the main issue. In Canada, one in five people will experience some form of chronic pain in their lifetime.
How pain and the brain work together
After an injury, it is common for the brain to keep producing pain signals even after the body tissues are restored and out of danger. Ongoing pain produced by the brain is less about structural changes in the body, and more about the sensitivity of the nervous system, in other words, it’s more complex. To try to figure out what is going on you need to retrain the brain and nervous system. To do this it’s helpful to look at what may be contributing to your individual pain experience and affecting your nervous system.
Understanding one’s own condition is fundamental in learning how to manage and recover from injury and pain. We educate and coach you through the exercises in the program and work with you to identify and overcome the barriers holding you back from living a life filled with movement.
We look at your needs and guide your therapy. We may perform hands-on treatments for your symptoms.