As quoted from a recent Huffington Post article, “Everything hurts,” the Renaissance legend Michelangelo once declared. Let’s be honest: we’ve all felt that way at one time or another.

Physical pain, emotional pain, aches, soreness, pricks, pangs, twinges, throbs – pain is everywhere.

In fact, a recent review published in the BMJ Open journal, part-funded by The British Pain Society, has found that a staggering number of people in the UK – nearly 28 million, or over two-fifths of the population – is living with pain lasting three months or more, with women more likely to suffer from chronic pain and prevalence increasing with age.

Pain can be disabling and debilitating, but it’s also what helps us to survive and protects us from damaging injured parts of our body.

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