shaken offwith a little help from your friends at B-Fit PT
PAIN is like the lyrics to the popular song "Shake It Out" (by Florence and the Machine). Pain..."collects like old friends here to relive your darkest moments" ... "all of the ghouls come out to play".. and, "every demon wants its pound of flesh. "
One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain! 1 in 10 Americans experience pain every day for 3 months! The most common types of pain are 1) lowback (27%), 2) headache (15%), 3) neck (15%), and 4) facial pain (4%). Chronic pain is the #1 cause of long term disability in the U.S. In the U.S., 7% of low back pain develops into chronic pain. Women are twice as likely to suffer from headache and facial pain as men.
Chronic pain leads to other problems. 77% of people report feeling depressed because of their chronic pain. 51% of sufferers feel that they have little or no control over their pain. 20% of Americans report that pain disrupts their sleep a few nights a week. 66% of chronic pain sufferers expect to live with some pain for the rest of their lives.
As the song says, you may want to scream, "I can see no way!"
Yet, there is a way! It starts with a LISTENER, one who can help you understand and change perspective. Cognitions, thoughts, and beliefs drive pain. Catastrophization is the inability to foresee anything other than the worst possible outcome, however unlikely, or experiencing a situation as unbearable or impossible when it is just uncomfortable. Common areas of the brain get ignited when it processes pain. The pain seems to spread. As pain lingers, sufferers lose sleep, and they feel like they are operating in a "fog." Often they find it difficult to explain. They miss out on family moments they would rather have enjoyed. Sadly, often loved ones get exhausted dealing with the pain sufferer!
We at B-Fit PT provide the education that will help you gain understanding. We empathize! We can help! Increased understanding is the first step to a positive shift in attitudes and beliefs. We offer a psychosocial approach; an approach away from meds and imaging. We offer a gradual movement program. We offer manual therapy, neuromuscular techniques, meditation, massage, diet education, sleep education, and essential oils. You will rediscover HOPE for a better quality of life.
Studies show that Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) serves as a primer to increased benefit from exercise. When PNE is combined with movement exercise studies find that pain is reduced by 50%, catastrophization is reduced by 40%, fear is reduced by 30%, vigilance (hyper-awareness) is reduced by 32%, and sensitization centralizes by 27%.
B-Fit Physical Therapy is ideally situated to treat PAIN! We address pain without opioids and drugs. We are movement specialists. We understand the biology, physiology, and psychology of pain. We provide the answers to improve your understanding, thoughts, and beliefs about pain. We have more time with you to listen, to teach, and to treat. We are hands-on! We are present!
In my experience, there are four things that patients want to know about pain:
- What is wrong with me?
- How long will it take?
- What can I (the patient) do for it?
- What can you (the clinician) do for it?
- How much will it cost?
We, at B-Fit PT, have the answers! We provide the education that will help you gain understanding. We empathize! We offer a revolutionary approach! You will rediscover HOPE for a better quality of life. "It's hard to dance with the devil on your back...so shake him off!" We will help. Come and experience it!