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What Do You Say to Someone in Chronic Pain?

What do you say to people in chronic pain? The right advice can help them to get better. In part two of our Know Pain, Know Gain! series, Paul discusses how having a better understanding of pain can help you to move better and feel better. Pain is an unpleasant sensory or emotional experience based on actual or potential tissue damage. When the brain receives a “danger message” it interprets the message’s “threat value”. If the message is interpreted as a sign of actual or potential tissue damage then pain is perceived. It is how our brains interpret potentially painful events that determines whether or not pain is perceived. The saying “no brain, no pain” is used to illustrate this fact. A