Introduction

Pain Science Taiwan strives to be your preferred go-to expert in the field of pain science, presenting the contemporary understanding and new scientific advances.
Introduction to Painscience Taiwan

Pain Science Taiwan strives to be your preferred go-to expert in the field of pain science, presenting the contemporary understanding and new scientific advances. We take on the difficult task of appraising and evaluating the scientific advances in our understanding of pain and translating this information into principles which are clinically applicable in everyday practice.

Pain is a complex phenomenon and is today best understood as a measure of perceived threat to the person based on the sum of all available information and not as an exact measure of the state of the tissues.

This understanding provides us with hope as we now know that pain is not always equal damage or pathology and that many pathological conditions are also evident in people without pain. The practical implication of this knowledge is that in most cases we should be able to decrease the level of threat to the individual and restore normal function of both the pain system and movement.

A better understanding of pain may prove to be one of the best decisions for you both as a health care professional or as a client as for how we understand a problem also dictates how we try to solve it. If pain persists long after tissue healing and you treat this pain as an injury is involved you most likely will not get the results you wish for.

The belief that pain equals harm can be helpful in the acute phase of an injury or trauma as it helps the injured person to protect the painful and injured body part. However, if pain persists after the injury is healed and the person still uses the same protective avoidance strategy to recover or in an attempt to control pain this belief is likely unhelpful. In such case, one could imagine that the same strategy which was helpful when the tissues were injured could lead to an increase in disability and perhaps even pain.