We’ve all experienced pain from time to time. For most of us, it’s from walking into a chair leg or spilling hot coffee into our lap. Other times, it’s a throbbing headache after a big night out. This is acute pain: sharp and uncomfortable, but temporary.
Then there’s chronic pain.
Chronic pain isn’t just a niggle. It’s a type of pain that occurs every day, or nearly every day, and continues for more than three months.
In the U.S,, chronic pain is the number one cause of long-term disability. It’s estimated that 100 million Americans suffer from it – more than those suffering from diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.
Those most likely to suffer from chronic pain (pain lasting more than 24 hours) are those aged between 45 and 65. Adults aged over 65 are the least likely to report chronic pain.
Chronic pain can severely affect your ability to function in most areas of your life – including with family, socially and at work. It can be extremely debilitating and stressful.
Most people with chronic pain become used to popping pills. But guess what? Your tolerance to pain-relieving pills increases over time, so you have to take more and more. And that’s when other health issues kick in..
But there’s another way to manage pain – and to even make it disappear completely. A safe, drug-free way.
You can even do it at home.