Over 50% of clients that step through our health clinic doors are suffering from chronic pain of some kind. Many people try to ignore their symptoms in the hope that they will improve with time, however, this is unlikely to solve the problem and in fact, can make it worse. By dealing with your chronic pain early on, and with the right support and early intervention from professionals, you will be able to improve your quality of life sooner.
In this article, we explain a bit more about this type of pain, and how our practitioners can support your journey to a life free of chronic pain.
What is chronic pain?
Chronic pain is a persistent and often debilitating type of pain that lasts for longer than three to six months. It affects millions of people across the world and is typically caused by a variety of underlying medical conditions, injuries, or illnesses that damage the nerves, tissues, or organs in the body.
Chronic pain can affect any part of the body, including the back, neck, joints, and muscles, and can range from mild to severe in intensity.
Do you suffer from any of the following?
We’ve supported many clients who have chronic back pain, but there are consistencies that those with this type of pain suffer from:
- Pain or discomfort when completing day-to-day tasks e.g filling the dishwasher, picking up your children, walking, and leisure activities.
- Difficulty sleeping due to the pain
- Anxiety and depression (we will refer you to third-party services that can include surgeons, medical doctors or psychologists if we don’t feel we are best placed to help.)
- Frustration and hopelessness
- Loss of independence
How to cope with chronic back pain
The first step to getting relief from your chronic pain is to see a professional about it. In the first instance, this may be your GP who will recommend suitable remedies and rehabilitation techniques.
Relieving chronic pain isn’t going to happen overnight, or even over a few weeks, it can take a long period of time to even see small results in some cases, but the effort and commitment you put in will be worth it.
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Alongside the scheduled treatments you may have with your health professionals, you will also have to work to better your chronic pain in your own time, whilst out and about and at home.
Top tip: Ask loved ones to support your journey by completing the exercises with you as this will give you more motivation.
Can chronic back pain be cured?
Unfortunately, there is no single cure for chronic pain. Treatment options aim to manage pain and improve a person’s quality of life. These may include medications, physical therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and drug-free therapies like acupuncture and massage. In some cases, surgery may be an option to alleviate pain caused by certain medical conditions.
Body Consultancy can support chronic back pain
All of our practitioners have experience dealing with and helping those living with chronic pain. Depending on your symptoms and the area of the body that is causing you the most pain, you will be carefully matched with one of our team who will come up with a bespoke long-term treatment plan to support you.
Our services that help to manage chronic pain include:
- Massage therapy
As a health clinic that believes you should get the best care, we will refer on to third-party services that can include surgeons, medical doctors or psychologists if we don’t feel we are best placed to help.
Techniques we use
We don’t follow a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to our clients, as no two people’s pain is the same.
We always try to find the root of the pain before starting treatment, and this determines how we work with you to alleviate and remedy the pain.
However, there are some standard techniques we use for chronic back pain, which we have listed below:
- Soft tissue massage – Soft tissue massage is a technique we use that mobilises the body’s soft tissues. The technique can be used on the tendons, ligaments, muscles, fascia, and connective tissue around the joints. Using this technique will relieve muscle tension and increase joint mobility.
- A range of motion exercises – Motion exercises are done to preserve flexibility and mobility of the joints on which they are performed. These exercises reduce stiffness, decrease pain and allow you to move more freely.
- Dry needling – Dry needling is a technique that involves inserting a fine filament needle into the muscle fibres which act as a trigger point for the pain the client is experiencing. The aim of using dry needling is to cause a local twitch response which will relieve muscular tension and pain.
- Joint articulation & manipulation – Using a range of exercises and repetitive movements, joint articulation and manipulation will allow your joints to move more which will relieve the pain you’re experiencing.
Contact Body Consultancy
Does anything you’ve just read sound familiar? You shouldn’t have to suffer in silence and support is available to ease your daily chronic pain.
Did you know we offer a 15-minute complimentary consultation for all new clients? This allows you to meet with your practitioner to see if we’re a good fit for you. As a multi-disciplinary health clinic, you will have the knowledge and experience of over 10 health professionals.