Pain … let’s talk about it.

Pain is a common occurrence in our daily lives and comes in varying degrees. It can be caused by something minor such as rolling an ankle and be short lived or it can be caused by something more serious like surgery or a car accident which can result in a more long term discomfort. It can also become a debilitating chronic condition affecting quality of life. It seems that when we reach these more extreme or chronic stages of discomfort that we talk about it less.

So why do we feel pain? Pain is the body’s way of alerting us that something is wrong – from getting to close to a hot flame or as an indicator of underlying illness.  The body uses a complex system of sensory receptors to monitor our surroundings (both internal and external), engaging all of our senses to keep tabs on what we are doing and to ensure that we are safe. The body uses the nerve impulses of sensation (the conscious or subconscious awareness of changes in the external or internal environment) to communicate with the central nervous system. How the brain perceives (the conscious awareness and interpretation of a sensation) those sensations contributes to how each of us can have a different response to a painful stimulus.

Pain is defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain as: An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience arising from actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage. It is that emotional experience that can impact how one person process pain versus another.
According to Marie-Josee Rivard Ph.D. in her book Pain from Suffering to Feeling Better:

The fact that pain can affect our quality of life in a negative way with an impact to our work, relationships and activities makes it important to talk about. Not acknowledging or finding a way to manage pain can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. The approach to managing pain can be multidisciplinary using physical interventions like massage, chiropractic and physiotherapy along with your family physician, good nutrition, and meditation/breath work. The massage clinic is always a safe non-judgemental space for help to address pain. The positive touch can allow you to let go, increase relaxation and simply become more in touch with your body.

Listen to your body, it has a wealth of knowledge to share.

Yours in Health,


A reminder that Sue will be away from the clinic for the next four weeks enjoying some much deserved R&R at her summer home in Nova Scotia.  Linda and Heather will be available to assist any of Sues clients in her absence.


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