Pain is modulated by our emotional state and beliefs.
Dr. Ron Melzack and Dr. Pat Wall introduced a new way of thinking when they developed the Gate Control Theory of Pain in 1965. Their “Pain Gate Mechanism” is now well established and should be considered when you think about your injury.
Pain is modulated up and down by our emotional state and our beliefs. Thinking your injury is bad makes it worse. This is not to disregard the pain associated with severe injury, such as a fall out of a tree or getting hit by a car. Rather, this theory identifies your confidence in your body’s ability to heal and your belief that it will heal as important components to healing.
Click here to hear Dr. Ron Melzak explain this in his own words, or watch Dr. Bobinski’s video below.