Chronic pain is complex and can be life-changing. It starts with telling your story, and finding practitioners that listen and form steps toward recovery.
What falls into this category?
Chronic pain involves pain that has been present for a period of 12 weeks (3 months) or longer, whether it be constant, or intermittent. This pain exists longer than the usual healing time for an injury.
- Chronic low back pain
- Chronic neck pain
- Pain that continues in an area following an injury
What are the symptoms?
- Persistent pain
- Sleep problems
- Burning pain
- Muscle aches
- Pain that extends beyond the initial injury site
- Hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain)
- Allodynia (pain caused by something that doesn’t usually cause pain – like putting on a shirt)
When should I get treatment?
Pain can be an extremely useful and vital signal for humans to have, so that our bodies can tell us when a stimulus could be damaging to our tissues. It helps to protect us from danger or potential danger, such as when we put our hand near a hot fire, or strain a muscle.
However, when pain is chronic, it is more complex. Relieving chronic pain involves changes to the brain and nervous system, causing a constant perception of ‘threat’ or ‘pain’ even after the original injury is gone. This is usually done through teaching a patient about their pain, and encouraging comfortable movements to move towards challenging actions that have been painful in the past.
Osteopathy can still be beneficial for chronic pain, as we can help you through pain education and management of symptoms with treatment and exercise regimes to get you back to your optimal health.
What treatments help?
- Practitioners that listen to you
- Manual therapy
- Pain Education
- Exercise and movement programs
- Medication (through GP)