Who can manage pain?

Posted by Thamayanthi Balakrishnan on Thu, Jan 19, 2012  
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Pain is the man’s second greatest scourge. Pain is not an uncommon word, it is both known for younger and older generation. Pain can negatively impact all aspect of functioning including physical, psychological, social and role functioning. It’s even versed with the children who don’t know to express it, but cries instead. Physiologically, pain was termed as “an unpleasant sensation often caused by intense or damaging stimuli”. What are stimuli? “A thing of event that evokes a specific functional reaction in an organ or tissue”. Broad classification of pain: 1) Physical and 2) Emotional. The physical pain can then be classified as acute and chronic pain. The emotional pain is some sort of mental or non-physical suffering.


The pain that is experienced by body was transmitted in two forms via the nervous system. There is ascending and descending pathway that modulates the pain transmission to and from the brain. The ‘fast pricking pain’ was transmitted by myelinated A-delta fibers and ‘slow burning pain’ was transmitted by primitive C-fibers.


A pain can be perceived due to an external cause and even an internal. The pain does not have any boundary to be within. People in this fast pace world, move for immediate remedy which would be definite to produce harmful effects. We never care about our internal organs which gets gradual deterioration due to pain killers. It is wise to handle and manage pain by therapeutic means, which is a vast and extension field of medicine that works upon for pain management rather than immediate use of pain killers which not only kills the pain.


Pain approach is considered to be an art of which even a lay man can also do with if he understands it. In fact the other aspect of pain denotes that “something goes wrong in your body”. So ignoring the pain is foolishness, rather, self-treatment before approaching a doctor is a wise act.


For example, a new study reveals that, for people with chronic back pain (CBP), has a little adversity in life can be protective and beneficial. Chronic tension headache suffered by people over 60% in the overall population can be relieved within 24 hours after receiving a 30 minute massage treatment. Pain was also linked to worse mental health.


  • So be happy always  
  • Abstain from alcohol
  • Exercise yourself
  • Quit smoking
  • Lead a better life


Remember one thing: “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”.


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