Why do I have Pain?

Here is some interesting information about what the latest neuroscience research tells us about pain:

  • pain is an experience that is created by the brain… and not actually a ‘feeling’ in any body part
  • The brain creates pain [and other types of symptoms]such as a protective mechanism - for actual, &/or perceived, threat or tissue damage
  • Surprisingly, the brain creates pain anywhere in the body it deems as most helpful to protect the whole body... and often not in the region of the most significant dysfunction

At MSK Solutions we use this knowledge to better solve the underlying cause of painful conditions.

Good analogy was written by world class pain researcher Professor Lorimer Mosley*:

Pain is like the dashboard engine warning light signal of a vehicle.

The engine warning light turns on when a problem somewhere in the engine becomes great enough to tell the driver to take action to solve the problem.

The engine warning light does not reveal where or what kind of problem there is.

To solve the problem the engine needs to be thoroughly checked to find and fix the main fault.

By using this understanding we realise that it is not helpful to 'treat the pain' [and symptoms], as this would be like fixing the dashboard engine warning light.

Thinking this way means we understand the importance of thoroughly assessing muscles, joints & nerves throughout the whole body, plus thoughts, behaviours and feelings, so that no potential significant contributing factor can be missed.

*G. Lorimer Moseley, an Australian: the author of Painful Yarns - Metaphors & Stories to help understand the biology of pain