Pain is the most common reason why people seek health care1. Pain is elicited by a response in our nervous system to a stimulus received by free nerve endings in our skin, these carry the signals to our brain via our spinal cord2. Once the signal is received, the brain then sends signals to our body to respond to pain, such as removing your burning finger from a hot stove. Pain can affect a person’s mental well-being, sleep patterns, relationships, ability to work, posture and mobility, and it can often affect lifestyle choices2.
Pain may be located in a specific area or it may disperse to various locations in the body, as is the case with fibromyalgia. There are two main types of pain, acute and chronic. Acute pain is of short duration that is commonly due to inflammation, or injury to tissues and can usually be diagnosed and treated. Chronic pain persists for over three months, beyond when an injury should have healed. Chronic pain can be intermittent (occurs in a pattern) or persistent (lasting more than 12 hours daily) and can be considered a disease itself1. Chronic pain can be a repercussion of acute pain if left untreated, such as after surgery, the most common causes are osteoarthritis and lower back pain1. Additionally neuropathic pain which results from common diseases such as shingles, diabetes, stroke or injury induce changes to the nervous system that can result in the generation of pain2.
At Ananta Health, we work with patients with any type of pain. As there are numerous types of pain including arthritis, back pain, cancer pain, headaches, head and facial pain, muscle pain, myofascial pain syndromes, neuropathic pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS), sciatica, shingles and other painful disorders of the skin, sports injuries, spinal stenosis, surgical pain, temporomandibular (jaw) disorders, trauma, and vascular disease or injury. A treatment plan is made for the individual and will be based on clinical findings and patient needs. BioMeridian assessment is used to see if the presence of an external pathogen is the root cause of a person’s physical pain. In order to treat pain we utilize acupuncture treatments, Chinese herbs, supplements, and Autonomic Response Testing (ART) to help our patients overcome pain in their lives.
Listen to some of Dr. Risk's shows about pain (more shows can be found here):
(1)The Canadian Pain Society. (2014, June). Pain in Canada Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.canadianpainsociety.ca/resource/resmgr/Docs/pain_fact_sheet_en.pdf
(2)Cooper, L. (2007). Conquering Pain for Canadians. Retrieved from http://www.canadianpaincoalition.ca/index.php/en/help-centre/conquering-pain/all-pain-the-same