Chronic pain brings many clients to massage therapy. New research shows that some people are more prone than other to developing chronic widespread pain following a traumatic event.

The new research, published in Arthritis Care & Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Rheumatology, found that the onset of chronic pain was more often reported following a traffic accident than from other physically traumatic triggers, and is more common among people who had poor health or psychological issues prior to the event.

The American College of Rheumatology defines chronic widespread pain as the presence of pain above and below the waist, or on both the left and right sides of the body, for three months or longer, according to a press release from Wiley-Blackwell, which publishes the journal the research is published in.

Medical literature suggests that this type of pain increases with age, is more common in women than men, and is a primary characteristic of fibromyalgia—one of the most common reasons for rheumatology consultations worldwide, the press release noted.

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