This is the term used for changes that happen in your nervous system when you have pain for a long period of time (chronic), usually after 6 months. Basically, your nerves become over-reactive and tell your body there is pain when there is no damage being done.
How does that help us?
Studies now tell us that being aware of the process of central sensitization and changing the way you think about chronic pain is crucial. Practitioners call this ‘pain physiology education’ and should be part of your management plan if you have persistent pain.
You’re not alone
1.6 million Australians had chronic pain in 2016 or 1 in 5 Australians over 45.
Where do I start?
Pain physiology education is one part of the management plan to tackle chronic pain which will also include certain exercises and manual therapy. We have osteopaths with further education in chronic pain who can help.
Pain Australia (2019). The Cost of Pain in Australia. Deloitte.
Blog written by Dr Samuel Wilmann – Registered Osteopath.
Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic