Physiotherapy for People with Persistent Pain

Know Pain All Gain

 

What is persistent pain?

 

Persistent pain, also known as chronic pain, is defined as pain that is present for more than three months. This is different from acute pain, which lasts less than three months and gradually goes as the tissues heal from injury.  Chronic pain can be present when no injury was the cause of the onset or once the tissues have healed.   When pain persists the body and central nervous system (CNS) become hypersensitive, reacting to stimuli in a protective way via pain.  Physiotherapy for persistent pain is known to help.

 

Physiotherapy for persistent pain

 

Physiotherapy for persistent pain can help you change pain and learn to live well again whilst continuing to work with the ongoing changes.  Best practice for treating persistent pain is to work with mind and body, treating the whole person. It is important to integrate neurological, physical, psychological and sociological aspects, as they are parts of all of us and no one of these systems functions by itself. Understanding pain neuroscience has been shown to be helpful in changing pain. We explore this in a way that is relevant to you, building on your understanding of pain.  Pain can change, many things are needed for change including: time, persistence, practice, patience and compassion.

 

I integrate pain education, health & wellbeing coaching, gentle hands on treatment, breath and body awareness, meditation/relaxation, movement, graded motor imagery (this is the work by the Neurological Orthopaedic institute), individual home exercise programmes.

 

Unity Physiotherapy & Coaching runs a pain management programme.  This is a series of 8 workshops, you can find out more here https://www.unityphysio.co.uk/services/living-well-with-persistent-chronic-pain/

 

‘Empowering you to move, do what you love & live well.’

 

You and Persistent Pain