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What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is a broad term that refers to any type of pain that takes longer than three to six months to dissipate or pain that remains present even when a tissue is structurally healed.

Some types of chronic pain can have a known cause like arthritis, degenerative change in the spine or an ongoing medical illness. Other times there may be an unknown cause or a minimally understood cause such as fibromyalgia or nerve pain.

Often times, chronic pain can lead to central sensitization to pain. This means that the brain and nerves become stronger at sensing the presence of pain because they have been trained to do so for so long. The pain which is caused by central sensitization is known as Allodynia and describes pain that occurs from a stimulus that does not normally cause pain. For example, cold applied to an area may be sensed by the person as pain rather than a cold temperature.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you can visit Lakeside Chiropractic for help by calling 9300 0095 or e-mailing For some potential  temporary relief the following website has some tips and tricks that you may try:

October 22, 2014