Why do I still have pain?

If you’re ever tweaked your back or hurt your knee, you know how annoying it can be. Everyone who’s missed out on things they enjoy doing will eventually ask, “Why do I still have pain?”. 

The reality – PAIN IS COMPLEX.

If it was easy to understand and deal with, then it wouldn’t be the #1 cause of disability. Ibuprofen wouldn’t be the #1 most consumed over the counter drug. 

And all doctors would understand that to treat pain, especially chronic pain, it takes an approach beyond just pills, cortisone injections and surgery.

The fact that pain, specifically musculoskeletal pain, is felt and experienced in our body (your low back, knee, shoulder, etc), while in actuality, pain is mostly the result of complex neurological activity in the brain.

Surprisingly, we do not need a body part (or a body at all) to experience musculoskeletal pain, all we need is a brain.

This can be a hard pill to swallow, because as an experiencer if pain, it’s always felt in a specific body part like a low back or shoulder or knee.In the end, the sensations we feel are all a result of our brain and how it perceives the world. 

Great, so pain comes from the brain. How does this help your specific situation?

Well like anything, once we understand why a problem is occurring, we can then develop a specific strategy to address that problem. 

Strategically, if we restore connectivity and function between the feeling and sensory nerves in your body and their connections to your brain, then pain starts to decrease and go away.

Tactically, this can be done with specialized acupuncture techniques, called neurofunctional acupuncture. The good news is that if you have a body, we can stimulate your nerves and make some kind of change.

Over time, we can help to restore the capacity of your nervous system. Think of chronic pain as an overactive alarm system that goes off at any sign of danger. We can use neurofunctional acupuncture to help restore the tolerance of your nervous system so it doesn’t get set off at every little trigger. 

Here’s a quick story. I have a patient I just started seeing, 36 year old male with chronic hip/groin pain and low back pain. He’s had surgery in the hip and takes both muscle relaxers and opiate pain killers every single day. He was once very active but for the past 4 years has had to give up the things he loved. He’s tried everything, been in PT and Chiro for months at a time, massage, soft tissue work, you name it.

So after we met for the first time, I basically turned him into Frankenstein with the amount of electricity I used to wake up and restore function to his nervous system. But the good news is that he had almost 5 days of relief. Which was the first time in a long time for him.

We’re a few treatments in now and he’s quickly progressing. He even took a trip and skied for the first time in years with little discomfort.

That’s the power of restoring function to the nervous system with specific Neurofunctional Acupuncture.
As always, I’m here to help. If you have any questions then feel free to email me at office@hansoncomplete.com or fill out the form on this page to see if I can help.

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Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM

Dr. Josh Hanson specializes in treating chronic pain and providing fertility support. He has performed 40,000+ procedures over the last 10+ years. Dr. Hanson has a clinic in Tampa, FL where patients travel from all over Florida to receive cutting edge care.

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