Persistent pain, pain which carries on past 12 weeks, affects up to 43% of the UK population. This number equates to 28 million adults in the UK. So you’re not alone.
Traditional approaches to treat pain from muscles and joints have included ‘hands on therapy’, such as massage or acupuncture. You may have tried some of these treatments in the past. However, as our knowledge of pain has improved, we now know that these traditional treatments often do not help in the long term. Since pain often recurs over time, treatments that have a long term benefit are important. Therefore, our team focuses on teaching you about your pain, and providing you with a range of skills and tools that you can use to manage your pain over time. Treatment includes using different strategies to help you to better understand:
- Why you continue to have pain
- The persistent pain cycle
- That you have choices in your response to pain
- How to live well, even if the pain never completely goes away
- Benefit of exercise
- Importance of setting goals
- How to cope with pain fluctuation
- Challenging your thinking around pain
- How fear and worry can affect your pain
- How relaxation can help
- How to cope with flare-ups.
What you will learn has been extensively researched, and has helped a large number of people to reduce their pain and improve their quality of life.
We offer forms of management to suit everyone, including 1-1 appointments, group work and virtual management using telephone, videochat and online groups.