Pain and Quality of Life
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Pain has become the United States’ most common health disorder, affecting nearly one out of three Americans, and costing over $40 billion a year in medical bills and lost wages.
The definition of pain recommended by the International Association for the Study of Pain can be qualified as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage (Merskey 1979).
Pain is a result of cells and tissues becoming damaged and inflamed; whether it’s from an injury, such as a bruise, or overuse of a muscle, or some other contributing condition or disease, such as arthritis. These damaged cells and tissues exhibit a lack of oxygen and a biological imbalance and generally have a poor blood supply.
Pain is not a simple, straightforward sensory experience, in the manner of, for example, seeing or hearing. This is because pain is both physical and emotional. Pain is caused by the stimulation of special sensory nerve endings that respond to bodily irritation, pressure, heat, cold, injury, stress, and disease. However, each person perceives pain differently, and that perception can be influenced by any number of factors including emotional and mental attitudes, previous experiences, and other health conditions. Social, cultural, and ethnic differences also can affect how one perceives and reacts to pain, as well as early learning and developmental predispositions.
Pain is an intensely personal experience, and even if no physical explanation for it can be found, all pain is real. Central to whatever is done to and for a person in pain is the need for that person to start to take some degree of control of the situation and to feel empowered to influence the process. The MedLight 630PRO is an added variable in this equation in the sense that we have harnessed a NASA-developed technology which can be used for muscle pain relief. Our LED pain reliever has been shown to effectively reduce pain. Give pain the red light, and experience a life without pain.