There are two main types of pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain comes on quickly, and is the body’s natural way to tell you there is a problem. For example, if you stub your toe your body will tell your brain that it hurts. With chronic pain, your body often keeps telling your brain that it hurts long after the event. With chronic pain, the pain persists (or keeps going). If you have pain that worries you, you should see your doctor who may prescribe either pain medication or other types of treatment.
There are natural ways that you can help manage your own pain. Certain exercises (like water aerobics and yoga) can help decrease pain. Complementary alternative therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, reflexology, and reiki can also help people manage pain. Sometimes dietary changes can impact too. Many people suffering with chronic pain also benefit from being connected to social support. No matter how you choose to manage your pain, it is important to discuss your decision with your health care provider.