By Duke Autret, Myotherapist
It’s important to recognise and understand that musculoskeletal health and pain is highly influenced by the overall health, function and condition of the body and its context or environment it lives within.
The Biopsychosocial (BPS) Model is a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to understanding health and illness that considers the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence our well-being. One key component of the BPS Model is the concept of "predisposing and perpetuating factors" that can lead to the development of conditions or worsen existing ones, making it harder to recover. In this article, we will explore the most common perpetuating factors and their relation to the BPS Model.
These determinant factors of pain can be classified into different categories such as metabolic, social, and physical factors. Let's take a closer look at these factors:
Hormonal imbalances, poor nutrition, and chronic diseases can contribute to the onset and perpetuation of pain.
The breadth of psychological, cognitive and emotional health factors are beyond the scope of this article however here are some examples as food for thought.
Our social connections and relationships play a most significant role in our overall health and well-being. A lack of social support or unhealthy relationships can contribute to the perpetuation of pain. Our social connections and the quality of our relationships have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. A lack of social support or unhealthy relationships have also been linked to a range of health problems, including depression, anxiety, forms of dementia, and heart disease.
The social factors of health cannot be underestimated, in fact a whole host of studies have linked social isolation to being the biggest health risk today, especially for middle-aged men!
In the BPS Model we recognise the importance of strengthening social support networks as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Physical factors such as inactivity/sedentism, load, and motor control can contribute to the perpetuation of pain. The BPS Model acknowledges the importance of addressing these factors by exploring ways to increase physical activity levels, optimising load levels, and assessing and addressing motor control issues through refining movement patterns, alignment, and body awareness.
By understanding the perpetuating factors of pain and their relation to the BPS Model, you can take steps to improve your overall health and well-being. Remember, pain is not just a physical symptom but can also be influenced by psychological and social factors. By addressing all aspects of your well-being, you can achieve long-term pain relief and optimal health.
If you are experiencing pain, it is essential to seek help from healthcare practitioners who take a holistic approach to your well-being. By considering the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to your pain, a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed that addresses the perpetuating factors and promotes your overall health and well-being. Our friendly staff here at Simple Wellness are all trained and well versed in this approach and are here to help you with your health needs.
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