Direction is the Key to Long Term Pain Management


Pain Management needs Direction.

We all want to get from A to B. We all want to get there in the quickest time or the best way possible.

But in some circumstances if we don’t have the knowledge or the tools to self direct – we need help.

Managing chronic pain needs help.

There are usually so may things going on by the time people decide they have had enough of chronic pain that there’s a mis-mash of stuff happening with their body.

Things get stiff
Things get tight
Weak muscles get weaker
Strong muscles compensate more and get stronger
Muscles imbalances occur
Flexibility is lost
Posture is affected.
…and so on…..and so on….

So you decide – I have a weak core – I’ll do something about it.
Trying to build a weak or non existent core on top of a body that has altered strength/ imbalances/ etc without doing anything about it WONT WORK.

Classic things have happened this week in the studio.

A couple of people with long term pain. Posture has improved, strength has improved, but they still have pain.

Discussing with them what the issue was and when and what they were doing about it:

They have some exercises but they are not doing them.
They do some one day and then some another.
They get stuck at work in poor postures.

Listening to what they were saying it was evident that they KNEW what they had to do and it did help. Thing was it wasn’t long lasting so they were despondent and wonder whether they will ever get ‘better’.

Here was a classic case of needing DIRECTION on what to do and WHEN.

Stretching and strengthening:

You need to stretch and release the muscles that are tight and working to hard BEFORE you work the opposing weaker set. Weak muscles CANNOT work to correct against strong tight muscles.

Do this ALWAYS.Have reminders to MOVE – static postures mean joints and muscles get stiff and you need to BREAK stagnant posture regularly.

Weak muscles can’t support you all day – if you need help from a seat support – use it. Otherwise you will get sore from the effort of sitting up right all day ( or trying to!)


A bit of this , a bit of that without adequate plan or DIRECTION will get you frustrated and of course little ongoing improvement despite you feeling you may be doing all the right things!

Need direction? Ask. Tell us what is frustrating you and what you are doing and what’s NOT working so we can figure out a way for you to MAKE it workย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Rehab and treatment and exercise is NOT one size fits all ๐Ÿ™‚

Give us a call or email to see whether we can help you.

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About Saree Hewlett (149 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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