One in 5 Australians live with chronic pain!
Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond normal tissue healing time (approximately >3 months). It is more complex than regular ‘pain’ as it involved changes in the nerves and nervous systems whereby the nerves keep firing and signalling that an area of your body is damaged and painful when in fact the acute damage has long healed. Chronic pain can be intense and unrelenting and can have a very negative effect on your day-to-day life and your mental health.
How can physiotherapy help with my chronic pain
This type of pain needs to be managed with a multi-factorial approach. Appropriate medication guidance by your doctor is vital and the other two major elements are physical and cognitive therapy (CBT, counselling, psychology). Your physio can help co-ordinate, or be part of, the team of health professionals to help you address your pain. They can work with you with manual, movement and exercise therapies to improve pain symptoms and change the negative cycle of painful feedback to your brain to help dampen down the over-stimulated nerves.
Getting the best from pain management will involve putting a range of strategies into practice on a daily basis and behavioural and lifestyle change can take some time. Your physiotherapist can guide you on such change.