Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. -Marie Curie
Understanding Persistent/Chronic Pain
Persistent/chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts beyond normal tissue healing times of 3-6 months.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 25%, of the population, or 1 in 4 people, suffer with persistent pain.
Persistent pain has been identified by the WHO as the most burdensome (financially, psychologically, and socially) health condition in the world.
The latest research has discovered that persistent pain is influenced by a number of bio-psycho-social factors in each individual. Effective pain rehabilitation programs must include interventions that address the role of the brain and nervous system, the physical factors, and the psychological and social factors that contribute to ongoing pain.
We are in an exciting time of research and development in effective treatments for persistent pain that move beyond traditional pain "management" programs into the realm of true pain rehabilitation programs.
Linda Crawford, owner of Brave Pain Therapy, has personally benefited from these treatment approaches in her own journey of recovering from persistent pain. She now devotes her practice to helping people in pain to discover ways to restore their bodies, rebuild their lives and renew their joy.
Linda is also an innovative leader in the treatment of pain as a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, and the only practitioner integrating Brené Brown's work into her unique Living Brave pain recovery program.
Life Impact of Persistent Pain
Decreased positive expectations for the future
Strained or broken relationships with family and friends
Loss of meaningful work
Personal vocational and financial losses
Loss of independence
Disorganization of the person's "being in the world"
Most individuals with chronic pain are unable or less able to:
Perform Activities of Daily Living
Engage in Social Activities
Have Sexual Relations