Physiotherapy for Chronic Pain Conditions
Understanding The Cause Of Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is defined as long-term or persistent pain that lasts for three months or longer, and often leads to physical decline, limited functional capacity and emotional distress. Affecting adults and children, it may arise from tissue damage or inflammation or have no easily identifiable cause.
Factors that can contribute to the development of chronic pain are not only biological, but can also be psychosocial variables such as mood, stress, anxiety and mental strain. It can affect a specific body area e.g. low back pain, pelvic pain or arthritic pain, or be widespread e.g. fibromyalgia.
Assessment and Diagnosis
Physiotherapy for chronic pain patients aims to achieve healthy levels of activity and independent self management. Clinical evidence supports using a cognitive behavioural approach to address physical limitations and people’s beliefs about their condition. Our physios will perform a thorough physical examination to gauge the level of pain, while investigating non-physical factors to gain a comprehensive understanding of the root of your pain.
Based on your condition, our physios will provide a customised combination of short term and long term methods to help relieve the pain. Hands- on treatments such as massage and acupuncture will be provided, however the benefits of these treatments tend to wear off after some time.
In order to manage your pain in the long term, your physios will provide you with knowledge and techniques to reduce the impact of your pain on your overall quality of life. These might include learning relaxation techniques, setting physical goals and doing self relieving activities including a mix of stretching and exercise.
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