Words can increase pain
And I don’t mean in the “sticks and stones” sense
Pain is a threat detector. Language which is perceived as catastrophic or alluding to damage can therefore increase our pain
- You have the back of a 70 year old
- Bone on bone
- Severe, damaged, chronic, inflamed etc
We often hear patients tell us they have received these descriptions from previous health care professionals.
This language activates the part of our brain which deals with threats, which then increases pain as a defence mechanism.
So how do we reverse this upregulated pain production?
Watch the video as Charlotte explains
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