How to Manage Your Chronic Pain

Do you have a chronic pain diagnosis? You’re in the right place, below we share our thoughts on managing chronic pain.

Chronic pain can be debilitating. Over time it can affect many aspects of your life including your mobility, how you function on a day to day basis, your ability to work and even your relationships. It is also associated with increased rates of depression, fatigue and poor sleep. Chronic pain difficult to manage, but it is important to seek help in managing your pain in order to reduce any negative impact it may have on your life.

There are many practitioners who may be able to help manage your chronic pain but we believe the best approach to managing chronic pain is a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. For the best results, we suggest involving a variety of modalities and healthcare professionals in your treatment journey. Chronic pain can be a complex issue that can impact many areas of your life. Therefore you may benefit from the support of your general practitioner, physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, psychologist, specialist pain doctor, occupational therapist or pharmacist.

Each health professional has a unique set of skills and a unique way of helping you manage your chronic pain. Together they can provide advice and support from a number of different perspectives and this multi-disciplinary approach is often the approach that gives the best results. It is important to be working with health professionals who have a professional network that work together towards the common goal of helping their clients live healthier, more vibrant and fulfilled lives.

As well as having the best team around you for advice and support, self-care is also important.

Self-management techniques we recommend include:

  • staying social and keeping in contact with positive and supportive friends and family

  • getting adequate sleep and rest

  • eating a healthy, well balanced diet

  • relaxation techniques including meditation or mindfulness

  • following your rehabilitation plan

Getting the right level of physical activity is also very important. Exercise and movement can often feel painful for people living with chronic pain, but avoidance of exercise is likely to hurt a lot more in the long run. Gradual exercise can help you stay strong and mobile. It also offers mood-boosting and pain-relieving effects. Activities like yoga, Pilates, walking, cycling and swimming are terrific options. A physiotherapist or exercise physiologist can provide great direction when it comes to incorporating the right kind and right amount of exercise into your life.

How do the FORDEPSHYSIO team support chronic pain?
At FORDESPHYSIO we champion a multi-disciplinary approach. Not only do we offer physiotherapy, yoga, Pilates and massage, but our lead physiotherapist Alexandra Forde, is Australia’s only dually practising physiotherapist and pharmacist. This means she can not only help treat you through hands-on physiotherapy treatment but she can also provide medication reviews and ensure that the medications you are using are optimal for your specific condition. She can also answer any medication questions you might have including dosing, the timing of medications, side effects and the best approach at reducing or ceasing medications.

Having a multidisciplinary approach and multi-skilled practitioners helps us provide the best possible treatment outcomes for patients with chronic pain. If you would like support with your chronic pain, please get in touch and we can answer any questions you may have!

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