Acute low back pain

These coming couple of weeks has a number of awareness events relevant to us, so I’ll be posting more than usual. This whole week is Back Care Awareness Week, and this Sunday is World Mental Health Day. Next week includes World Arthritis Day (12th) and World Spine Day (16th) whilst World Osteoporosis Day is on … Continue reading Acute low back pain

Pain Perception

Let’s take a look at the perception of chronic pain. Pain is weird, brains are weird, they don’t really know what’s going on in their own body; they have an opinion, but opinions are not the same as facts. First of all, there is no nerve that carries signals of “pain” from the body to … Continue reading Pain Perception

TENS

Let’s take a look at TENS machines (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation). In TENS therapy, a small, device delivers low-voltage electrical current through the skin via electrodes placed near the source of pain. The electricity from the electrodes stimulates nerves in the affected area and "scrambles" normal pain perception, and often feels “a bit tingly”. This … Continue reading TENS