Management strategies are different for mechanical acute pain and chronic pain. The acute pain stage is managed by appropriate first aid treatment, medical / physiotherapy assessment and diagnosis, education and appropriate treatment to patient.
Chronic pain is pain that persists way beyond the expected healing time of an injury. Unlike acute pain which is caused by tissue damage, chronic pain is less about the structural or tissue damage and more about the sensitivity of the nervous system and ‘non tissue related factors’.
Often when we experience chronic pain we avoid activity in order to avoid flare-ups. Gradually, over time people experiencing chronic pain become less able to complete activities which were previously enjoyed, for example, walking or a sporting activity and even may have difficulties in completing activities of daily living such as housework.
Research has shown that exercise is an essential aspect in the treatment of chronic pain. Studies have shown that exercise can be an effective way to reverse this downward cycle of deconditioning and worsening pain.
Endorphins released during exercise help to oppose the chemicals involved in the perpetuation of pain messages received and sent by the brain. Stress hormones can also be lowered by exercise. Less stress hormones allow one to sleep better with less reliance on medication, with improved sleep quality being known to help reduce chronic pain.
In this Clinic we have a holistic approach to Pain Management, we don’t view pain management as ‘one size fits all’ therefore we use a myriad of treatments to achieve tailored results.
From a mechanical point of view we use physiotherapy modalities, i.e. hands-on treatment, joint mobilisation and manipulation plus exercise perscription. From a pain reduction point of view and general well being we use general acupuncture and dry needling.
We also work in tandem with Pain Management consultants along with their medical protocols, medication and advice to ensure your overall wellbeing.