Pain management

Managing Chronic Pain

Pain is a very real and very normal experience that everyone has felt at some point in their life.

However chronic or long-term pain can be extremely debilitating and significantly impact your life. It can hold you back from work, the activities you enjoy and often reduce your overall quality of life.

Luckily there is still hope! Research has shown that appropriate exercise is actually one of the most effect and often preferred treatments for managing chronic pain.

How can we help?

Our Exercise Physiologist helped many people to effectively manage long-standing muscle, joint and neurological pain, improving their general function and significantly improving their quality of life. This includes people with conditions such as fibromyalgia and medically-diagnosed chronic pain and chronic regional pain syndromes.

Active movement strategies and appropriate regular exercise has been scientifically proven to improve pain symptoms, reduce flare ups and increase function, mobility and strength. As Exercise Physiologists we have the skills and knowledge to explain to you how pain works and discuss and work with you to develop a exercise plan that works for you and your needs.

If current treatments and pain medication aren’t working for you, if you’ve tried it all or you’ve been told ‘it’s all in your head’, contact us to find out more about how we can help you move more with less pain.

Emma having fun on an exercise bike

Testimonial: Emma

What did you achieve from our Exercise Physiology program

  • Good general fitness

What goals did you have prior to starting the program and how did we help you achieve them (20 words or less):

  • Just to be able to move, without pain.

Our Approach

  1. We start with an initial assessment to better get to know you and to understand your pain, medical history and your goals, so we can tailor your treatment to your personal needs. We may take some baseline measurements, which may include assessing how you currently move or discuss with you about your current limitations.

 

  1. We will develop an exercise plan tailor to your needs and goals and work with you, to ensure you feel safe and confident and to work through any concerns you may have.

 

  1. Further one on one appointments may be recommended depending on your needs, to check your program, assess your progress and implement any changes/progressions that may be needed.

 

Once you’re settled, you can continue your program one-on-one or move to a group session. We will review your progress, health benefits and results every four to six weeks to keep you on track to achieve your goals

Useful Tips and Resourses.

Pain is a protective survival mechanism, without pain there to protect us most of us would not make it past early childhood.

Understanding how pain works and why we experience pain can actually improve your pain experience and is a key part of the recovery process. Pain education and understanding your own personal pain experiences is important and can compliment an active rehab approach.

So how does pain work? Watch this 5 minute video to better understand your pain.

https://www.tamethebeast.org/#tame-the-beast

Additional useful pain management links:

We take pride in assisting clients in linking with other free community driven activities and events to assist you in moving to improve your pain. Please speak to your Exercise Physiologist to discuss the suitability of each program before booking with an event:

Heart foundation walking programs: Local area walking groups. Many groups are within 5 minutes from clients homes. Distances vary and pets can be allowed to attend depending on the group!

Thai Chi: Located near Pasadena. Facilitated by the Chinese Welfare Services. Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety.

Park run 5km walking and jogging events: A very popular weekly event. Local 5km timed event with various ages and health profiles. This is a self-paced timed event across numerous locations in South Australia.

Parks that contain free equipment: There are many locations across Adelaide and South Australia that have exercise equipment placed in park locations. These are free to use for the public. We are happy to discuss including these in your program if they are appropriate to you.