QPain’s specialist team are leaders in chronic pain therapy. We are able to offer numerous therapies to help patients manage pain. Our pain management therapies include medical, physical and psychological. These treatments work to both reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
Chronic pain can impact significantly on your ability to perform core activities of life such as self-care, domestic tasks, leisure activities and work.
Chronic pain often leads to fear of movement and inactivity. This deconditioning sometimes requires a long period of time to reverse. Physical therapists assist you in developing a program of therapy. Improvements may seem insignificant at first, but over time considerable improvement can be achieved.
Treatments that a physical therapist prescribes include desensitisation, strengthening and flexibility exercises, manual therapy, postural exercise and body mechanics instruction.
Physical therapists are also able to teach you how the brain and central nervous system are involved in chronic pain. Physical therapy aims to help you live your life to your fullest potential.
Your physical therapist should be experienced in the treatment of chronic pain, as the treatment can be quite different to the management of acute problems.
Psychologists help people cope with the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that accompany chronic pain. Psychologists address both the physical and emotional aspects of your pain.
Working with a psychologist, you can expect to discuss your physical and emotional health. You will be asked about the pain you experience, where and when it occurs, and what factors may affect it. In addition, you will likely be asked to discuss any worries or stresses, including those related to your pain. You may also be asked to complete a questionnaire that allows you to record your own thoughts and feelings about your pain. Having a comprehensive understanding of your concerns will help the psychologist develop a treatment plan.
Treatment plans are individualised. The plan often involves teaching relaxation techniques, changing old beliefs about pain, building new coping skills and addressing any anxiety or depression that may accompany your pain.
A psychologist can help you develop new ways to think about problems and to find solutions. In some cases, distracting yourself from pain is helpful. In other cases, a psychologist can help you develop new ways to think about your pain. Studies have found that some psychological therapy can be as effective as surgery for relieving chronic pain because psychological treatments for pain can alter how your brain processes pain sensations.
Psychologists can help you manage the stresses in your life related to your chronic pain. They can help you learn relaxation techniques, such as meditation or breathing exercises to keep stress levels under control. A psychologist can also help you make lifestyle changes that will allow you to continue participating in work and recreational activities. Pain often contributes to insomnia, and a psychologist can help you learn new ways to improve your sleep.
Most patients find they can better manage their pain after just a few sessions with a psychologist. Some require a longer course of treatment. The aim in any case is to help you develop skills to cope with your pain enabling you to live a richer and more rewarding life.