Omaha, NE (October 15, 2014) - Pain and patients are perhaps the most common bedfellows. Travel therapy jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares information explaining how a travel therapists interactions with patients can reduce their pain.
Though often regarded as a nemesis of healing, pain is a misunderstood helping agent that signals when the body is in trouble. On the whole, that sensory feeling of distress is what most travel physical therapy and nursing professionals try to treat every day.
Interestingly, research suggests that simply understanding pain can improve an individual's ability to manage pain and reduce its negative impact on daily life. What's more, how you interact with a patient could alter his or her perception of recovery.
A new perspective on pain
In a Moving Forward Physical Therapy broadcast earlier this year, two experts delved further into how pain works. Our understanding of pain has shifted over the years, and while we used to think that "ouch" feeling existed at a tissue level, it's now accepted that pain doesn't exist until the brain determines it exists.
The medical staffing world has also moved away from the gate-control theory model. As older travel PT specialists may recall from physical therapy school, the gate-control theory said that pain signals were sent to the brain. We had fast and slow signals, and these pain signals would translate into what sort of pain an individual feels; slow signals were thought to bring on dull aches, and fast signals would bring on a sharp, shooting feeling.
However, this school of thought has since been revised: It's not pain signals that are being relayed up to the brain, but rather danger signals that the brain then interprets to send out the pain feeling.
For example, pretend a man is walking in the forest and scratches his knee. At this moment, information moves from the knee all the way up to the brain merely as an input – pain does not exist yet. The neuromatrix, which includes different portions of the brain that communicate with one another, instantaneously analyzes the information and ascertains whether it needs to send an output of pain to defend him. If the brain thinks there's enough information to indicate that the tissues could potentially be damaged, then it will send an output of pain to those tissues.
Read the full article to learn the significance of this new concept of pain.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.