Trauma- induced Chronic Pain

The connection between trauma and pain

At some point in our lives, some of us may experience traumatic events. For some, these can leave lasting effects. The most common diagnosis for such side effects is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD. You will be surprised to know those with PTSD are also at a high risk of suffering from trauma-induced chronic pain.

Here at New Body Physiotherapy, we regularly work with clients suffering from chronic pain. Many of whom aren’t even aware that they are victims of trauma. This is because of the common misconceptions surrounding what constitutes a traumatic event. It is important to understand that trauma can come in many forms, and each person’s response to a traumatic event is different.

What is Trauma 

Trauma is the emotional response to a terrible event that leaves one feeling scared, in shock, in denial, or beyond upset. Such events leave behind strong muscle memories, which over time manifest into various forms of physical or psychological ailments.

Physical symptoms

  • Aches and pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Racing heartbeat

Psychological symptoms

  • Anxiety and fear
  • Flashbacks
  • Anger
  • Easily irritable
  • Mood swings

Causes of trauma

These can include:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce/separation
  • A serious illness
  • Infertility
  • War
  • Domestic abuse
  • Neglect and abandonment
  • Sexual assault
  • Natural disasters

Remember, there are many events in life that can leave behind harmful side effects. Each individual’s response to such traumatic events will be different. Contrary to what is socially accepted as a ‘normal recovery period’ and what family, friends, and close acquaintances may believe to be normal may not be the same for you. Remember, you are an individual, and your mind, body, and emotions have their own clock. So, don’t let what other people think affect you. What’s important is that you give yourself the time to heal at your own pace and don’t hesitate to reach out for support.

It is important to deal with the trauma sooner rather than later and seek help to heal.

Give our friendly team a call on 02 9958 2277 for a quick chat or to book an appointment. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

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The fight-or-flight response

Fact:

Pain is present to protect us

it is essentially our body’s built-in alarm system

Time and time again, research has shown that the psychological impact of pain is intense. To the point that pain can alter the mind. Hence, the link between PTSD and trauma-induced chronic pain.

The role of the nervous system in trauma and pain

To understand the link between trauma and pain, we must first understand the nervous system.  

You may have heard of the term fight-or-flight. It is when the nervous system is in action. It is ready to protect us from harmful situations. For example, while cooking, if you feel your hand burning, you immediately pull it away. This heightened sense of awareness protects us.

Chronic pain sufferers are in a constant state of fight-or-flight. Leaving them with more awareness of the pain they are feeling. By remaining in this altered state for prolonged periods causes psychological changes leading to behavioural changes.

Say Hello to a healthier happier you 

Just as our minds store memories, so do the fibres and cells in our bodies. Therefore, it is essential to face these traumas head-on and release them from your body.

Luckily, you don’t have to suffer in silence. We treat chronic pain with a combined therapy approach, both physical therapy and emotional therapy. We help you and your loved ones to understand that your physical and emotional pain is real. While helping you become more mindful of your pain to release it and helping you become a new, stronger, healthier, happier person.

To start your recovery today, call us on (02) 9928 2277 for a confidential chat or to book an appointment