Chronic pain affects 116 million Americans, one out of every three people. Low back and knee pain account for almost half of the suffering with headaches and neck pain taking up almost a third. Typically prescription pain medication is given most often for relief. Robert Twillman, a veteran pain psychologist, reminds patients that living with chronic pain can take an emotional toll but it is an area in which you have the power to create change. Pain management centers are now focusing on improving function in the body rather than eliminating pain. Positive rewards can be increased mobility, better mental outlook, and on occasion improved health.
Massage can be a useful tool towards putting the attention on your body’s abilities versus its limits. It also helps retrain nerve endings to promote pleasant sensations rather than pain.