Chronic Pain Case Study

Chronic Pain Case Study

In our past blog we defined chronic pain, what is actually happening in a body that is in pain, and discussed what tools we use here to assist recovery. Following on from this, we want to show you how all of that science translate to treatment in the real world – and how it may be of benefit to you!

Here is a case to illustrate the point.

Patient X came to see me in practice with chronic low back pain. He was 42 years old and said that he had trouble with his lower back on and off for 10 plus years. Tick number 1, this is a chronic pain case with the pain having been around for WAY MORE than 6 months.

As well as the back pain he also gets a burning/achey type numb pain down the right side of the body. Tick number 2, he finds it hard to localise where the pain is now and it appears to be vaguely described across a large area of the back.

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Simple Beetroot Hummus Recipe

Beetroot Hummus:


  • 1 large or 2 small beetroots
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas (roughly two tins, drained)
  • ½ cup hemp seed oil (can sub for extra virgin olive oil)
  • ¼ – ½ cup filtered water
  • 4 tablespoons of tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste

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Inflammation – Everything You Need To Know


What Is Inflammation?

The inflammatory response is a normal, natural, and necessary reaction of our body in response to injury or insult. The typical symptoms of inflammation are heat, swelling, pain and redness. This reaction encourages increased blood flow to the region in order for our white blood cells to infiltrate and start cleaning up the mess. Once the injury has been dealt with, the inflammatory symptoms subside, and the body returns to normal immune system functioning. However – when the inflammatory symptoms do not subside – chronic inflammation ensues.

Chronic inflammation occurs when the body is being repeatedly exposed to an injury or insult. This can be from an external source, however it is common to see internal processes causing strong, ongoing inflammatory responses in the body.

In recent years inflammation has become known as the underlying cause of the majority of lifestyle diseases – prolonged stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, obesity and even clinical depression have all been linked with inflammation.

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