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The Search for Pain Relief

Since medical research began, pain and pain relief or control has been the ultimate goal amongst scientific and lay practitioners alike.

From recent advances in anaesthesia and analgesia to Chinese Acupuncture and remedies used by Indians in the jungle of the Amazon Basin, sufferers from acute pain will leave no stone unturned in the search for pain relief. 

Despite this, no matter what technique is used, unless the underlying cause is corrected, any pain relief is just temporary.


What Causes Pain?

The bulk of the framework of our bodies comprises of the skeleton, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. They are all arranged in a very precise and orderly pattern, with a specific range of mobility. In other words they are only intended to move in certain directions and only so far!

Following injury from whatever cause, this arrangement of muscles and nerves is disturbed. The degree of disruption is more or less proportional to the severity of the injury. A severe injury my result in a fracture and a mild injury could cause superficial bruising. 

At the PAIN RELIEF CENTRE, our main concern is soft tissue, especially the muscles and their associated nerve and blood supply. When moderate injury, such as a sprain or strain occurs, the muscles and soft tissue concerned may be displaced beyond their normal range of movement. This results in the bruising of epimycin (thin skin covering the muscles).

This results in inflammation, caused by substances manufactured by the body's own healing system, accumulating in the affected area. This causes the typical red, swollen, hot and tender affect. With the displacement of muscles, the nerve supply to the affected muscles will be under tension or stretched beyond their normal range, causing pain.

This pain is a signal that indicates something is wrong; WITHOUT PAIN permenant damage may be inflicted TO THE NERVE SUPPLY OF THE MUSCLE, causing the muscle to become paralysed.

It is essential therefore, that treatment to rectify the cause is carried out before further damage CAN occur, to avoid long term pain.


Why MUSCLE REALIGNMENT THERAPY?

The skeleton and muscles that comprise the framework of our bodies are subject to many stresses on a daily basis. They are also occasionally affected more seriously by accidents and impact injuries that can cause sprains, strains, dislocations and fractures.

In the majority of cases and with adequate medical support, healing takes place naturally and the pain disappears. Sometimes however, despite all the efforts the pain persists and the patient finds himself or herself subject to almost continuous discomfort. Those who suffer know that this discomfort can make it difficult to work, cause sleepless nights and generally disrupt the whole pattern of normal life.

The technique of Muscle Realignment Therapy has been developed over a period of years to treat and relieve the acute and chronic pain associated with muscle injury. It is employed alongside the more widely practiced treatment processes such as physiotherapy and chiropractory or osteopathy.