You Tube Spotlight – 2 great videos that highlights how the importance of our brain when we are in pain!
David Butler of the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute explains how the natural painkillers in our brain operate. Essentially, the brain has many areas that produce pain-killing drugs such as opioids, endorphins, serotonin, and even a morphine more powerful than man-made medications.
The brain processes all the information it receives regarding an injury and then decides whether it is worth creating the pain. This may seem silly but Butler explains this with the example of a person who stubs their toe in the middle of the road. It’s not worth creating the pain if you are going to get hit by a car because you are dealing with it. On the reverse, if a violinist pokes a pin in their finger, it could cause a lot of pain because the brain recognises that it needs to protect that part of the body.
When the brain deems the pain-killers necessary, it creates the chemicals and they trickle down the spinal cord and up into the brain. Butler states that pain is the brain’s way of protecting the body and the most important factor in recovery are knowledge of how the body and the brain work.
This informative and entertaining video both explains and illustrates how Chronic Pain works. It also tells you how to gain knowledge about your particular pain as well as set goals and make a plan to conquer your condition.
Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists beyond 3 months’ time and is not associated with unhealed tissue damage. Most muscles, bones, and ligaments are healed by 3-6 months, but the brain can create pain even after all of the tissues are healed.
In Chronic Pain, the pain is not caused by a structural problem but by the sensitivity of the nervous system. The nervous system can be affected by many things including cultural, biological, social, psychological, and environmental backgrounds. In order to deal with the sensitivity and Chronic Pain, you need to retrain the brain.
According to the video, there are 5 things to consider:
In the end, they emphasize on setting achievable goals and making a solid plan to attain them. Pain can change!
“The Drug Cabinet in the Brain” – Neuro Orthopaedic Institute NOI
“Understanding Pain in less than 5 minutes, and what to do about it!” – Live Active