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?
How we can help
Our experienced Exercise Physiologist’s have helped their clients to effectively manage long-term joint and muscle pain, improving their general function and significantly improving their quality of life. This includes complex conditions such as fibromyalgia, medically-diagnosed chronic pain and chronic regional pain syndromes.
In order to improve your pain, it is important to understand how pain works. Pain is one of our body’s protective mechanisms, understanding how and why you may be experiencing pain is an important part on the road to recovery. As Exercise Physiologists we have the skills and knowledge to explain to you how pain works and we can work with you to develop active strategies including an individualised exercise program to help you manage your pain.
Active movement strategies and appropriate regular exercise has been scientifically proven to improve pain symptoms, reduce flare ups and increase function, mobility and strength.
So 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.
What did you achieve from our Exercise Physiology program
- I had pain with most things I did during the day. I was afraid of movement when I first started. I can now move with less pain and have returned to activities that I did not think possible when I started.
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. I had a great experience and everything was explained to me to make me feel comfortable and in control the whole time.
We start with an initial assessment to better get to know you and to understand your pain, medical history and your personal goals, so that 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 your current limitations.
Helpful tips & resources
Pain is a protective survival mechanism, without pain there to protect us most of us would not make it past 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.
So how does pain work? Watch this 5 minute video to better understand your pain:
Video source: https://www.tamethebeast.org/
Did you know?
Exercise is now considered one of the leading treatments strategies to manage chronic pain. So much so that chronic pain clients may be able to access government subsidised programs for example through Medicare, to engage with active treatments such as Exercise Physiology! If you would like more information or to hear about the how exercise could help you manage your chronic pain contact us today.