Chronic pain is a wide-sweeping term, often describing pain that lasts more than three to six months or pain beyond the point of tissue healing. Some forms of chronic pain can be linked to an identifiable cause, like degenerative disc diseasespinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis. Other forms of pain have no known or understood cause, such as fibromyalgia or neuropathic pain (nerve pain). Fighting chronic pain is a lifelong struggle for many.

Learning to relax takes practice, especially when you are in pain, but it is definitely worth it to be able to release muscle tension throughout the body and start to remove attention from the pain.

The Gate Control Theory of chronic pain - is changing the way chronic back pain may be understood, diagnosed and treated.

In the gate control theory, the experience of pain depends on a complex interplay of these two systems as they each process pain signals in their own way.
The Gate Control Theory of Chronic Pain is based on the premise that the brain blocks out sensations that it knows are not dangerous. This article outlines two cases of this theory in action.
It's important to have a general understanding of the major different types of back pain, because the type of pain dictates the treatment options.
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