‘Pain grabs our attention as the brain decides the information it is receiving is dangerous. The goal of acute pain is to change behaviour to protect.’ (Heines 2014).
However what happens when pain persists? Or we continue to have heightened experiences of pain because of an old injury or trauma? There is considerable evidence that the beliefs and attitudes of people in pain can greatly influence their management and prognosis. This is an interesting quick insight into chronic pain. It lacks the finesse of physiology but it sets us thinking: