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What Is Chronic Pain?



If pain persists for 3 months or longer, it is considered chronic and, while not necessarily maladaptive, it often leads to physical decline, limited functional ability and emotional distress.

If pain persists in spite of medical treatment, as is the case in chronic pain syndromes, the issues can be complex. 

The problem could be due to progression of the disease (the pathology in the tissues) but also due to the vicious circle people find themselves in. A person who has pain, especially on movement, tends to avoid doing things that provoke their symptoms.

They may rest but this is not a helpful treatment as it leads to secondary stiffness and weakness, causing worsening of the symptom that the individual is trying to avoid. 

Reduced function can lead to a loss of role and self-esteem, sleep deprivation which can all cause worry and low mood which can worsen the situation further.

Here at Phoenix rehab Group, our Chronic Pain Physiotherapists use an active approach to improve the way that an individual manages and copes with their pain.

The approach is related to problem solving and returning control to the individual.

How can Chronic Pain Physiotherapeutic Management help patients who feel that pain rules their lives?

Chronic pain is managed actively by empowering a client to understand their condition.

It utilises supervised exercise as a “training ground” to teach the client how to independently upgrade (or temporarily downgrade) their exercise program and how to implement strategies independently to cope with setbacks.

The sessions will include:

  1. Providing education for safe movement
  2. Gentle stretching and core strengthening to improve physical function,
  3. A graded aerobic exercise program to harness the pain relieving effects of general exercise
  4. A graded strengthening exercise program based at home or a local gym (for global reconditioning)
  5. Goal setting
  6. Self-management coping strategies that a client can implement to prevent flare ups in pain or to manage exacerbation in pain.
  7. Instruction on a range of pacing techniques,
  8. Careful planning of tasks and daily activities
  9. Relaxation training
  10. Mindfulness for Health training
  11. Advice on Pool therapy

Many people find the treatment enables them to take back control of their lives, to do more functional activities and generally feel better.

Part of the Chronic Pain treatment will include an approach called Therapeutic Neuroscience Education (TNE) which teaches patients about the biological processes of pain.

Teaching people with pain more about the neuroscience of their pain (TNE) produces some impressive immediate and long-term changes:

  • Decrease in Pain
  • Improvement in function
  • Reduction in fear
  • Increased positive thoughts about pain
  • Increase in knowledge of pain
  • Improvement in Movement
  • Improvement in Function
  • Better activation of muscles
  • The brain calms down, as seen on brain scans
  • Willingness to do exercise

If you would like to better manage your chronic pain, contact Phoenix Rehab Group



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HAND THERAPY & CUSTOMIZED SPLINTING

Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes



REFORMER CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES

Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)

  • Cupping TCM
  • Auricular Therapy TCM
  • Herbal TCM Medicine & Supplementation



DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY

Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.



ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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