When we are injured the one thing we all want to feel is 'less pain'. At a fundamental level though, pain is there to make you realise something is wrong. It's there to 'tell you something'. It serves a purpose and if that purpose is to STOP you from doing an action that is going to hurt you or make the injury worse then you need to listen to that. Of course sustained pain is boring. It's just something that we don't want to have to put up with day in and day out. This is where acute pain and chronic pain differ in nature and likewise, usually, the treatment protocols for both these types of pain are very different. In this post we are dealing with ACUTE pain.
Inflammation is a process associated with injury of soft tissue from physical activity or accidents, for example - falls, muscle tears or sprains, rotator cuff injury. Additionally, soft tissue that has been used improperly for example- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). This week Ian Blewitt talks about his approach with Dry Needling to treat acute inflammation.