Managing chronic pain takes trust.
As a physio most the clients we see are in Pain – and they generally fall under two different categories…passive and active.
What does that mean?
We switched our practise model over to a pro active one a decade ago – so we run a fully functional, fully equipped Pilates studio alongside our clinic.
We can service clients right from acute injury all the way through to elite sports rehab and absolutely everything in between….and through the process of what we do and what we offer we naturally attract those clients who are pro active.
They want to get fixed and stay fixed,
They’re looking for a solution to their problem that they can then learn to self manage and get control back in their lives – and that makes our job a joy to do – because they are already in the mindset that they can be better and STAY better…. and they are motivate to do the work to get there
So how does that work.
when you have an injury or strain – the body has its own natural healing process, and we all know that some thing is wrong, we went over on our ankle, strained our back and we have an incident we can localise and pin point – so we are aware that maybe 3 months down the track all should be well, and we do the right things and get treatment and so the work to get strong.
There was a trauma or incident and we dealt with it.
Chronic insidious ongoing pain kinda creeps up on you…. until one day you decide enough’s enough and you need yo do something about it.
Here’s the problem – there is no pin point injury or trauma or incident to pin point so people get a bit cranky and frustrated about why this has happened…. and sometimes we never really know.
It’s a little like putting on weight – you don’t really notice much – until you notice!
You go to put on your jeans after summer is over and realise you can’t do them up…
The same thing happens with back pain – you try and play sport or do the garden as you’d usually do and realise you can’t bend down or you’re sore.
Thing is – we can choose to get a bigger pair of jeans or do the work to get back into the ones we have.
With back pain – you also have that choice.
Get it sorted so you get back to gardening or avoid gardening and avoid things that annoy your back and end up one day in chronic ongoing pain.
Which category do you fall into?
To get function back and reduce pain – if you have got to the stage where it hurts to do basic things – you need help because you need a strategy.
A bit like losing weight – if its just a little and you’re happy for the long haul – you may just alter a couple of things – reduce quantity, cut out treats and sugar and go for a walk three times a week and you’re set.
If you have had excess weight for a LONG TIME, tried every diet under the sun and ca;t stick to it and find you’re just getting bigger – then you need outside help.
You’d visit a dietician, you’d be aware you need to change what you do and how you do it – what you shop for, how you shop, what to cook what you eat to really achieve you goals.
Back pain or pain in general is no different.
You need to change and alter what you do on a day to day basis to really get effect – because clearly what you have been doing to date hasn’t worked.
Many though just want passive care – they don’t want to change what they do day to day – because it hurts, And it hurts because you keep doing the same thing.
And if you’ve tried – you haven’t been seen by the right person.
Dealing with someone who has had chronic pain for a long time takes skill and expertise – there’s a minefield of issues that need to be addressed – especially if they have tried and had little or no long term success before…. but the biggest of all – is TRUST and BELIEF
You have got to believe that things can change and that the pathway forward is achievable.
We go through a strategy that works.
You can go from not getting into jeans to being able to do them up the next day – so you cant go from chronic pain to being able to do the garden – you need to go through a few key steps – and those steps are the ones that most miss out – and that’s why people get frustrated.
They don’t lay the right groundwork or do the basics first, or make the right daily adaptations that are required to get long term results.
Sure – you may feel better for a day or two – but the pain will come back if you don’t lay down the right foundations – and tat’s what makes us so effective in what we do.
If you think you’re ready – you know where we are.
We see the people most have given up on – because we love challenges and we shy away from challenges, but most of all because we can – because we have the right experience, knowledge and skill set to be able to manage you well.
Give us a call 08 9306 8819 – firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re ready to make a lasting change.
Not in Perth WA? – we have an online program for back pain – check it out here –