Living with Chronic Pain
Living with Chronic Pain
Pain that is present all the time or comes and goes but is present most days of the week can have a profound influence on just about every area of your life. It commonly affects mood, energy levels, relationships, sleep patterns, ability to work and participation in leisure activities.
People living with chronic pain have often already tried many approaches to relieve their pain, ranging from Physiotherapy to medication to alternative therapies such as medical cannabis. Many have resorted to injections and sometimes even surgery.
Stress and tension associated with chronic pain can lead to anxiety or depression. Sometimes you just feel like giving up, however exercise has been shown to be effective in managing chronic pain and tension as well as reducing stress and anxiety.
Safe Exercises for Chronic Pain
While exercise is an essential component in recovering from (or simply managing) chronic pain conditions, the wrong type, intensity or frequency of exercise can actually aggravate pain. This is where the professional supervision of a Physiotherapist can make all the difference, ensuring good alignment and correct technique.
At Free2Move we know how to get you exercising safely again, whether you are a trained athlete or you currently have a very low level of fitness. Our aim is not just to reduce your pain, but to safely assist you to regain your strength, flexibility and fitness. We provide structured programmes that work. You are always closely monitored and your exercises carefully progressed.
Our Physiotherapists address your aims and goals. Would you like to be able to walk more comfortably? To be able to return to your favourite sport? Or even just to roll over more comfortably in bed at night and to sleep better? It’s our job – actually it’s our passion – to be able to get you started again on the journey to better health.
Principles of Rehabilitation
Regardless of the cause or type of pain there are two main principles in rehabilitation:
- Repair the Structure – stimulate the body’s natural healing processes through balanced, appropriate and safely progressed exercise balanced with adequate rest
- Improve Function
- Distribute workload more evenly throughout the body
- Improve body awareness, posture and alignment
- Promote return to normal strength and range of movement
- Improve balance and stability
These principles underlie all of our individual and group exercise programmes.
How We Can Help
To change chronic pain, it’s usually necessary to change the way your brain and nervous system function in relation to pain. The Feldenkrais Method, which is supported by the latest neuro-science, is designed to change the way your brain organises your movement and posture.
During a Feldenkrais individual or group lesson you learn
- to overcome habitual patterns of pain and tension and poor posture
- to create more comfortable and efficient options for movement
- to de-construct movements and then put them back together again differently
- how to relax the parts of your body that are working too hard
- how to engage places which have become forgotten or disused
- how to spread your attention throughout the whole body rather than being focused on the pain
Because the movements are so small and gentle, Feldenkrais is often the safest way to begin your journey back to greater ease and comfort. One-to-one sessions can progress to classes.
Clinical Pilates is a great way to strengthen the new movement patterns you have developed during Feldenkrais, without aggravating pain. In Pilates we closely examine the bio mechanics of your movement, looking to minimize factors which may be aggravating your pain. Our aim is to promote independent self-management in the shortest possible time frame.