Pain management is a key focus area for all osteopaths. Chronic pain may be caused by scarring or damage to your nerves; signals to your brain works; your beliefs around pain; and other health conditions.
- Pain is classified as either acute or chronic/persistent.
- Pain experienced after an injury is known as acute pain, and is defined as lasting up to three months.
- Persistent pain, otherwise called ‘chronic pain,’ lasts for more than three months.
- Persistent pain can reduce attendance at work or education and participation in daily activities.
- Persistent pain is also a leading cause of depression, poor mental health and well-being.
All our osteopaths manage acute and chronic pain. We will assess your pain or injury by asking questions that will include how long you’ve had your pain; how you believe you may have obtained the pain; what strategies (if any) you’ve tried in the past to overcome the pain; what worked and what didn’t work. From here we will create a pain management plan which may include:
- hands-on treatment
- movement positions to relieve or avoid pain
- exercises to strengthen or train parts of the body to cope with pain at home or work
- suggest activities for when your pain gets worse. This can include diversion (distraction activities)
- Discussion around your lifestyle, sleep patterns, diet, exercise, stress release
We’re available six days a week with early morning and evening appointments. To discuss your chronic or persistent pain and how we may be able to assist, please book online or call 9830 7044.