What is Chronic Pain?
Chronic pain is commonly defined as any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. According to the British Pain Society chronic pain affects more than two fifths of the UK population, meaning that around 26 million adults are living with pain that has lasted for three months or longer. The old fashion treatment for chronic pain, was bed rest for weeks or months on end. We now know this is the worst possible approach. Exercise and continuing to work are key to recovery.
The NHS, on its Live Well site, recommends:
- Exercise: choose and exercise that won’t put too much strain on your body, make it part of your lifestyle, the best way is little and often.
- Go to work despite the pain: it’s important to try to stay in work even though you’re in pain. Research shows that people become less active and more depressed when they don’t work.
- Being at work will distract you from the pain, and in most cases, won’t make your pain worse.
- Physical therapy: pain experts often recommend a short course of physical therapy.
This helps you move better, relieves your pain, and makes daily tasks and activities like walking, going up stairs or getting in and out of bed easier.
Physical therapy for persistent pain can involve manipulation, stretching exercises and pain-relief exercises.
If you have physical therapy, you should begin to feel the benefits after a few sessions.
How can manual therapy help you?
Now, how can I help you? If you do suffer from chronic pain, I can help you using massage techniques, trigger point therapy, stretches, light tissue manipulations, muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release and fascial release, they are all tools to help you reduce the pain and increase range of movement therefore allowing you to function better. All these techniques can make a difference within a few sessions, but you also need to take ownership of your pain, so at the end of each session will teach you self care activities for you to practice daily in between visits. This will allow you to be an active part in the recovery process.
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