Understanding the Complexity of Pain


This video explains what is happening when your brain produces pain.

The brain receives information from your body and environment and also recalls your past experiences and beliefs. The brain analyzes all of this information and decides whether or not to create pain in an attempt to protect you.

“Body information” includes messages about muscles, bones, joints, tendons, inflammation, stress chemicals, movement and more.  

“Environmental information” includes messages about your physical environment, mood, emotions, sleep, social supports and more.

The brain also reviews your “protection memories” about previous injury and pain - including your thoughts and beliefs.

The brain then decides whether or not to create pain as a protection strategy. This can result in changes to your movement (stiffness) and your body’s physiology (including inflammation). As a result, your ‘body information’ is altered, creating new inputs to the brain. This can create a feedback loop that perpetuates persistent pain.

Making changes to key inputs can convince your brain to create less pain. Massage Therapy can help improve sleep, stress and movement. Other healthcare providers can help you make positive changes to emotions, thoughts and beliefs. Together, we can help decrease your pain and improve your quality of life. 

Jenn Sharman