Chronic Pain Help
The majority of patients we see in Alfreton, come to see us because they’re in pain; usually pain that is not going as quickly as people would expect, or is not being helped by pain medications. They all have in common the fact that pain affects their work, sport, relationships and generally their whole life and they all want to see it reduced or ideally gone completely . This is usually possible for acute pain that has only started recently, but chronic ongoing pain is a different matter entirely. Chronic unrelenting pain is our biggest challenge in the clinic, but luckily we love a challenge and have lots of ways In which we can help.
We know that living with chronic pain is almost a disease in itself. It slowly and progressively eats away at you, your confidence, self- worth, and independence. It can consume your life and thoughts, often alienating you from your friends and family even your workplace.
We understand that living with pain is exhausting, lack of sleep, anxiety and depression often go hand in hand with pain, which in turn can lead to anger and frustration and problems with your relationships at home and with yourself.
And the physical pain can stop you from doing things you love, like taking walks, playing sports and socialising, which also has an impact on your mental health.
Although it’s important that you are in control and are the driver of your pain management, it would be unrealistic to assume you can do this alone. You need the support of friends and family, work colleges or associates and specialists in treating pain like ourselves.
Physiotherapy & Chronic Pain
Here at Alfreton Physiotherapy we are experts in handling pain, finding the source of the pain and treating your body holistically. Physiotherapy can be very beneficial in managing chronic pain by promoting joint movement, using exercises to reduce stiffness and improve muscle strength – all of which can reduce your pain and improve your mobility which may help with daily activities. Specific nerve mobility treatments can help reduce sensitivity to pain and acupuncture has been proven to help reduce pain
This month we’ve put together a range of resources that can help you learn to manage this pain, whatever pain level you’re at.
We have leaflets on the following topics:
- The Strain of Pain: Dispelling the myths behind chronic pain with strategies for managing your pain
- Understanding Chronic Pain
- Skills to Cope with Chronic Pain
- How Physical Therapy Can Help You if You Suffer from Chronic Pain
- How Pain Affects Your Life (infographic)
- Relaxation for Chronic Pain (exercise handout)
- Building Activity into Your Everyday Life If You Suffer from Musculoskeletal Pain
- Chronic Pain: Tips for Managing Activity Levels
These resources are packed with practical tips and advice, along with worksheets, exercise leaflets and infographics that combine to help you master your chronic pain.
You can download the resources here http://bit.ly/2YeDmWE
If you’re living with pain on a regular basis, there are many ways we can help so if you need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
And if you know anyone who could benefit from any of these resources, please feel free to share this blog post with them.