There are two broad categories of pain which are defined by their duration and underlying mechanisms. AWAYE™ relieves both of them.
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is most often caused by tissue damage due to injury or disease. After injury, the body is usually able to heal itself, but pain may persist, even after healing.
Acute PainShort-lasting pain that comes on suddenly and has a specific cause, is often the result of a tissue injury. This type of pain generally goes away once the underlying cause is treated. Acute pain tends to start out sharp or intense before gradually diminishing. Examples include strains and sprains (involving muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments) and lumbago.
Chronic PainPain lasting for more than six months, even after the original injury has healed, is considered chronic. This form of pain is generally caused by repeated tissue damage due to osteoarthritis, or chronic inflammation.
What is inflammation?
Acute inflammation plays an essential role in healing and tissue repair, and is a part of the body’s sophisticated immune system. Inflammation can be recognized as redness, warmth and swelling after an injury.
In contrast, chronic inflammation occurs when pain lingers for a long time causing the immune system to continue to pump out white blood cells and chemical messengers to prolong the natural healing process. From our body's perspective, it's like constantly being attacked. As a result, the immune system keeps fighting and, after a while, white blood cells may overreact and starts to attack nearby healthy tissues and organs. A common example of this condition can be found in the many forms of arthritis.