Posted by Gary Chamberlain

Matt presented to the club on The Science of Pain:

  • Pain is a necessary and essential part of life. It's a good thing…really!

  • Pain is a complex phenomena meant to act as a temporary deterrent to potentially harmful stimuli.

  • Pain is absolutely context dependent and a subjective experience. 

  • The longer pain exists, the less likely it is directly attributable to a specific pathology/injury.

  • Physical changes within the brain occur with chronic pain (pain in existence >3 months) that can perpetuate the pain experience.

  • An elevated sensitivity to a region can be modified in many ways.  Physical therapists use several modalities for treatment, education and movement are the primary.

  • The brain is plastic - we can readily make changes in its wiring, resulting in reduced pain levels.

Matt Fackner