Sadly, chronic pain is something that a good majority of the global population is familiar with. In fact, it is estimated that over 20% of adults worldwide suffer from chronic pain — with another 10% being newly diagnosed with chronic pain each year. Because of the staggering number of people that currently, or have previously, suffered from chronic pain, it is important to discuss some of the causes of pain, how pain can affect people over long periods of time, and ways that chronic pain can be effectively addressed.
The NGUI-MATRIX is an innovative complementary and alternative therapy that allows clinicians and medical professionals to address acute or chronic pain in a patient using a non-invasive treatment technique. As a provider of a medical treatment that addresses chronic pain, we have a vested interest in the global conversation of how to treat common pain. In today’s blog post we will be discussing some of the more common causes of chronic pain, the effects pain can have on people over a long period of time, and some treatments and therapies that can be used to manage pain.
What Is Chronic Pain?
People that suffer from pain, of any kind, for extended periods of time are considered to be victims of chronic pain. For some people, chronic pain can last for months, and for others, it can last for years — even decades. When people suffer from chronic pain their lives can become inherently harder, as they always have to carry their pain with them — regardless of what they are doing or where they are. But what are some of the more common causes of chronic pain that people worldwide experience?
Causes Of Chronic Pain
There are a wide variety of medical issues that can cause someone to experience chronic pain. For some people, it is the result of a past injury. For others, it is the result of a disease. Below, we have collected, and briefly summarised, some of the more common causes of chronic pain.
Chronic Back Pain
Arguably one of the most common types of chronic pain is chronic back pain. In fact, in the United States alone, it has been found that no less than 84% of adults will at some point in their life suffer from chronic pain. Chronic back pain can be experienced for a number of reasons, but among the most common would be musculoskeletal disorders, past injuries, and poor posture.
Another common type of chronic pain is chronic headaches. While headaches are not as common as back pain, it has been found that 50% of adults suffer from chronic headaches — a condition that is constituted by having headaches more than 15 days in a single month. Unlike back pain, the cause of chronic headaches is not so black and white, being that they can be caused by past trauma, eye strain, or as a symptom of a larger medical issue.
Chronic Joint Pain
Most people tend to attribute joint pain to simply growing older. In reality, 22% of American adults suffer from chronic joint pain caused by something other than aging. Some of the more common causes of joint pain that are not age-related are past injuries that failed to heal properly, infection, or conditions that have been caused by wear and tear on the body.
Chronic Nerve Pain
Chronic nerve pain is one of the most overlooked, and painful, types of chronic pain. 20% percent of Americans will suffer from chronic nerve pain at some point in their lives. Nerve pain is extremely easy to develop as it can occur as the result of an injury, compression, or even the natural degradation of the nerve sheath.
Chronic Pain Has More Than Just A Physical Impact
When people think or chronic pain they think of, well… the pain. While it is extremely easy to think of chronic pain in terms of the pain that the person is experiencing, it often overshadowed the psychological distress that the pain can be caused.
when a person suffers from chronic pain they have to carry that pain with them everywhere that they go. After a while, that can become emotionally taxing, causing psychological distress in the form of sadness, stress, and anxiety. Psychological distress occurs in most people that are experiencing chronic pain because of the burden and hyperfocus that they have to their feelings of discomfort.
Common Treatments For Chronic Pain
Because of the astounding percentage of the global population that experiences chronic pain, there have been many treatments, medications, and therapies that have been developed in an effort to provide pain relief. Treatments, medications, and therapies like:
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – Chronic pain can be manifested as a result of swelling muscles and appendages that put pressure on the musculoskeletal system and nerves. Anti-inflammatory drugs can provide temporary pain relief by reducing the inflammation.
Muscle Relaxants – For people with chronic pain caused by musculoskeletal irregularities as a result of muscle tension, muscle relaxants can provide quick, but temporary, relief.
Opioids – Our personal least favorite treatment for chronic pain is the prescription of opioids. Opioids are commonly prescribed to reduce pain. The issue with opioids is that they are addictive and only temporarily relieve pain without addressing the cause of the pain.
Therapies – Therapies like massage, chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, and more are all excellent ways to reduce chronic pain. Most therapies focus on adjusting the body in a way that allows for it to not be stressed, causing further pain.
The NGUI-MATRIX – The NGUI-MATRIX is a treatment regimen that has been developed by Grandmaster Stanley Ngui to address common chronic pains. This innovative new treatment redistributes the Qi, or natural flow of energy, allowing people to find refuge from the pain that they chronically experience.
Learn More About The NGUI-MATRIX Today!
If you are interested in being better able to manage chronic pain at your clinic, we strongly suggest that you learn more about the NGUI-MATRIX and become a certified clinician in the technique. You can find more general information about this technique on our website, by enrolling in a course, or by booking Grandmaster Stanley to speak at your next event.
Contact us today if you have any questions.