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Pain

Pain Management

◦ There are many types of pain

◦ Everyone experiences pain in a unique way

◦ Living with pain can impact other parts of our health

 

“CBD may possess analgesic and anxiolytic effects”

Danilo De Gregorio

 

What is pain?

Pain is an unpleasant sensation that is linked to an emotional experience when the body is injured. It is needed to make you aware that something is wrong so that you can take the necessary steps to protect yourself.

There are many types of pain that are felt and experienced differently. Getting to know and understand the pain you feel is a good place to start the road to physical recovery.

Pain CBD

Pain that is persistent and recurrent, lasting more than 3 months.

Pain that lasts less than 3 months and usually linked to tissue damage.

Based on evidence: very likely to help

This is the most common type of pain and usually affects the muscle tissue/skin/organs.

This pain that originates in the nerve and is caused by underlying diseases such as diabetes. It often feels like a burning shooting pain. 

What we feel and experience as pain is actually electrical signals that travel from the site of the pain to our brain. Our brain then converts these signals into the sensation of pain so that you can react to it in an appropriate manner[1].

How can pain affect you?

Research suggests that pain can have a severely detrimental effect on your mental wellbeing as well as physical. This can, in turn, affect your work, family/social environment which can result in further complications. 

Now here’s what better pain management can do for you:

Risk of anxiety, depression and irritability all decrease when less pain is experienced 

You experience better quality sleep when less pain is experienced.

Your relationships can be greatly enhanced whether it be at work, home or elsewhere.

Your drive and productivity are greatly enhanced[2].

How to manage pain

This section will outline some ideas and advice that are evidence-based and backed by scientific research. These counselling points are to be used to help you create your own personalised pain management. You do not need to do all of these things, as only some will apply to the type of pain you are experiencing. 

If you feel as though a method may not be working then change it and test another. However, give enough time before chopping and changing as it may take some time for your body to adjust. But once it does it may harmonise your mind and body, so that you can do the things you want to without pain stopping you.

Follow the PRICE protocol:

Protect Rest Ice Compress Elevate

Based on evidence: Very likely to help

Light exercising can ease some pain by directly blocking some of the pain signals to the brain.

Based on evidence: Likely to help

Pain can cause us take rapid, shallow breathes which can cause panic and anxiety. By taking slow, deep breathes you can feel more in control which can reduce muscle tension which can reduce pain.

Based on evidence: Likely to help

Getting better sleep can aid muscle recovery which can reduce pain. See the sleep page for more info.

Based on evidence: Likely to help

CBD & Pain

Studies show that CBD may alleviate some symptoms of pain. CBD demonstrates good anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, 2 mechanisms that suggest how it may help in pain management. For more information on what we do know thus far, visit our CBD page.

Dosing instructions:

Instil 1-2 drops of a suitable strength oil (see our dosing guide) under the tongue and hold for 60-90 seconds. Do this 1-2 hours before planning on going to bed. visit the CBD dosing page for more info

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