Balance February 18 - 36

AG O N Y C O LU M N

P

ain is on the increase and
it isn't hard to see why.
We spend our working
days compressing our
spines seated in front of
computers, our evenings turning daily stress
into stomach aches or migraines and our
weekends performing exercises we've prepared
poorly for with bad technique. Modern life
is your own personal torturer and Western
medicine is typically focused on cure and
market trends, not preventative treatment.
It's a huge problem, but no-one is exactly
sure how huge. Go to your doctor worried
about blood pressure or your diabetes risk and
chances are they can perform a simple test
which gives them a number to diagnose and
prescribe against. It's objective, quantifiable. .
A doctor treating pain's first step is to ask
the patient to describe where it hurts, a process
potentially as individual as the patient using
any creative metaphor they can employ.
Is it stabbing, burning, a low ambient ache
or the grip of a vice? In some ways, pain
splits the difference between physical and
mental health. The cause is objectively
physiological and verifiable, the effect
is perceptual and bespoke to the

,

PEOPLE A YEAR UNDERGO
DECOMPRESSION SURGERY ON
THEIR SHOULDERS, ALTHOUGH
OXFORD UNIVERSITY RESEARCH
SUGGESTS IT'S OF NO REAL VALUE

LITTLE AND OFTEN
To ease chronic pain, activity
and stretching needs to
become part of your routine.
Try to be active every day.

KEEP BUSY
It's important to
try to stay in work
even though you're
in pain. People are
less active and more
depressed when
on their own.

MILLION
THE NUMBER
OF WORKING
DAYS IN THE UK
LOST ANNUALLY
TO ARTHRITIS

36

MAKING IT
WORSE
The old-fashioned
treatment for
chronic pain was
bed rest for weeks
or months on end.
We now know
this is the worst
possible approach.

BA LA N CE February 2018



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