Patients with chronic pain are often at risk for developing further complications, including altered mental states and physical dysfunctions. Ongoing pain can heighten emotional responses and it is common for people to experience increases in levels of: anxiety, irritability, frustration, depression, anger and guilt. Vicious cycles are created, whereby elevations in emotional states can also exacerbate pain. Pain can interfere with sleep, activity levels, roles and responsibilities, work, relationships, socializing, recreation and finances.
Pain is the body’s warning system
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Pain is the body’s warning system when you are sick or injured. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. Your body keeps hurting weeks, months, or even years after a injury. Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any obvious cause. But for many people, it starts after an injury or because of a health condition. Chronic pain can interfere with your daily life, keeping you from doing things you want and need to do. It can take a toll on your self-esteem and make you feel angry, depressed, anxious, and frustrated. Pain is a signal in your nervous system that something may be wrong. It is an unpleasant feeling, such as a prick, tingle, sting, burn, or ache. Pain may be sharp or dull. You may feel pain in one area of your body, or all over. There are two types: acute pain and chronic pain.
What type of pain am I experiencing?
The description of pain that you feel and other associated symptoms give some indication of the type of pain that you are experiencing. The variation in the pain either throughout the day or related to activity or medication and how the pain has developed over time (weeks or months) also gives some indication of type of pain that you are experiencing. This information can greatly help health professionals to consider all the possible processes which are contributing to your pain; the more information that you can give them the better. It’s a good idea to keep a pain diary, which will help in this process.
The Importance of Body Movement
Our bodies are made for movement and movement gives the nervous system and the brain a lot of feedback about the body and the environment. It is background information, but it helps to normalize the nervous system. Movement also helps with many other systems of the body; it helps to keep the heart and lungs healthy, improve muscle and joint function and stimulates you mentally, to mention a few.
How can Neurolumen Help with my Pain?
Neurolumen is a non-invasive product designed to improve circulation and help relieve pain and swelling associated with many of the conditions related to chronic pain. Approved by the FDA in 2009, Neurolumen employs three non-invasive therapies simultaneously; transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and light-emitting diode (LED) therapy.
The device uses a system of 6 wraps applied to the body, which are then connected to a control unit that provides up to 30 minutes of therapy utilizing a sophisticated system to deliver multiple modes of healing energy to affected tissues.