Pain … we can help.

We’ve all felt it, some more than others. Sharp, dull, achy, or burning are a select few adjectives I’ve heard and used to describe pain. Some experiences of pain are brief, others more long term.  

Pain is a universal experience that has often been considered a ‘harmful’ experience. The general understanding of pain is that it’s bad or at least means something bad has happened. Pain itself is not an indicator of tissue health or tissue damage. Pain is not a product of our bones, ligaments, muscles or tendons; rather, pain is a response generated through our nervous system. At its most basic level, pain is the result of our subconscious brain trying to make sense of an electrical signal coming from our tissues.  

Pain serves in many ways to protect us and prevent us from doing further harm. Pain tells us to get away and/or to stop. But what does it mean when significant time has passed yet pain remains? What if we’ve been told our injury is “healed” yet pain remains?  

Pain is multifaceted (a “multi headed dragon” sounds cooler ). Pain is an experience that draws from injury (both current and past), trauma (mental and physical), environment (social and physical), beliefs, sleep, health, etc. 

To simplify pain to be caused by “just” a sprained ligament, bulged disc, arthritic joint is to disregard how intertwined and complex our pain response is. You should never be lead to believe that your pain is not valid, that your pain is not consistent with a certain injury, or that your pain must not be real because your injury is healed. These are shortsighted views on what pain truly is.  

Pain is real; whether it’s 7 days, 7 weeks, 7 months, or 7 years. Your pain is REAL. For many that pain will go away, some quicker than others. Unfortunately for some that pain may stay. Wherever you find yourself know that there are options. 

We are fortunate to be able to offer exceptional 1:1 time with our patients. This affords us the ability to identify the many potential factors contributing to your pain. This allows us to better provide you with an understanding of why you hurt, and may continue to hurt, and what you can do to better manage this hurt. The best treatment plan is individual and that’s why you won’t see a cookie cutter approach at HPC.  

If you are experiencing pain, let us help. Get in touch with us at the Human Performance Centre (506) 738-8299 so that we can help. 

Trevor is a physiotherapist at the Human Performance Centre. You can contact him at 738- 8299

Green Phase of recovery

Dear Fitness Centre Members, 

As of midnight tonight (July 30th) we will be moving to Green Phase in the fitness centre.

  • Masks will not be required when entering/leaving/moving around the facility. Although they are not required, you are more than welcome to continue to wear your mask if you wish to do so.
  • All exercise equipment previously cordoned off will be available for use.
  • Please continue to hand sanitize or wash with soap and water on your way into and out of the facility.
  • Please continue to wipe equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use.
  • Markings will remain on the floor to indicate social distancing so please continue to respect member’s space as much as possible.
  • The water fountain will remain Out of Service indefinitely. Please continue to bring water or a container you can fill in the washroom.
  • Protocols in the Clinic will not be changing at this time (i.e. masks required at all times) and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to email Check our facebook page or website often to stay up to date as the situation may change frequently.