Here is the latest video of Dr Lorimer Moseley talking about the current understanding of pain. Regular readers will know that Lorimer’s work is some of the most influential upon the approach that I take to pain and in particular persisting pain. By thinking brain we can devise individualised treatment and training programmes for your pain problem. Read on and watch the video.
“If you have a brain, you will experience pain. If you don’t, you won’t”
“We feel pain in our body and we feel it in a particular location. But it is impossible to feel pain without a brain and it is completely possible to feel pain without the body part”
Lorimer tells the story of the man with the prosthetic limb who gave him a hitch out of Adelaide. This is a great illustration of the brain creating the experience of pain but without a message of danger. The questions arises: is all pain phantom pain? The notion that the brain produces pain, it does not recognise pain coming from somewhere.
What burdens society?
CHRONIC BACK PAIN – NUMBER 1 BURDENSOME WORLD HEALTH ISSUE
NECK PAIN – NUMBER 4
MIGRAINE & HEADACHE – NUMBER 8
OSTEOARTHRITIS – NUMBER 11
Pain is about protection. Pain is a most sophisticated device and hence the brain must decide how much to protect an area of the body.
The danger message is not pain. Nociceptors send danger signals to the brain but you do not need this to feel pain.
Can you spot the disconnect between damage and pain? Can you think of an example in your life? Pain is produced by the brain and the brain is the most trainable part of the body. Pain depends on how much danger your brain THINKS you are in, not how much you are actually in. It’s an evaluation of danger.
Watch the video for more…