Persistent pain or chronic pain, is pain that continues to persist after an injury has healed, and/or has no known physical cause. It has been very challenging for healthcare professionals to find solutions to persistent pain.
Researchers all over the world have been re-examining pain and changing the way health care professionals think about and treat persistent pain. The old way we thought about pain could not explain the symptoms people experience in the absence of major tissue damage.
Understanding your pain can change how much it hurts. How you think about pain can change how it feels. Pain is a protector; when we feel pain (i.e. after touching a hot stove), we learn to change our behavior to avoid injury. Pain can also allow us to rest and give our tissues time to recover (i.e. after a muscle strain playing a sport). But, sometimes pain is not helpful, like phantom pain in a limb that has been amputated.
The Australian Heart Foundation recommends we accumulate 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous intensity physical activity each week to maintain good cadiovascular heath and recude your risk of heart disease.