Pain starts at the source, whether it’s a cut finger or an arthritic knee. When you injure yourself, your body’s response is to automatically stimulate pain receptors. Those receptors release chemicals which almost instantly carry the “ouch” message to your brain. Within microseconds, you feel pain.
Pain can be classified as acute or chronic.
- Acute Pain is short term: This is the type of pain you feel after an injury, which includes surgery. Once you’re fully healed, acute pain generally goes away.
- Chronic Pain is persistent. It may be caused by an underlying condition, such as arthritis. When you have chronic pain, your nervous system may even become more sensitive to pain over time. People dealing with chronic pain generally seek long-term pain management solutions.
How well you tolerate pain can be subjective. No one is really sure why some people seem to have a higher pain threshold than others, there are factors that may influence how your individual tolerance. They include:
- Fatigue: When you’re tired, your body is stressed and may be less able to tolerate pain.
- Age: As your brain circuitry gets older, your ability to tolerate pain may diminish.
- Gender: While male action heroes tough it out in the movies, in real life it’s the ladies who may be genetically programmed to generally handle pain a little better.
Rather than tough it out, many healthcare professionals advice trying to stay on top of pain management, to help prevent acute or chronic pain from hijacking your quality of life.
At-home pain management
Always follow doctor’s orders when it comes to your pain management. You may also be able to try multiple approaches for pain relief that don’t interfere with one another, such as:
- Distract yourself: If you don’t focus on the pain, it may bother you less.
- Add a dietary supplement: Research shows that bioavailable ingredients, such as Boswellia Phytoextract, effectively promote healthy joint mobility and movement.
- Alternate heat and cold treatment: Apply each in up to 20-minute increments to help bring down swelling.
- Gentle exercises: While it may seem counterintuitive, moving around can also support joint mobility. Low-impact exercises such as swimming and walking may be good starting points.
Today, there are approaches to joint mobility and pain management that didn’t exist a few years ago. If you’re dealing with acute or chronic pain, take time to educate yourself on the options.