During pain physiotherapy, experts examine the musculoskeletal system and perform personalised assessments of the everyday limitations of patients. Goals and treatment options can only be discussed with the patient after a thorough evaluation of the patient’s symptoms. When it comes to chronic ailments, the primary goal of therapy is often to improve the patient’s quality of life despite the presence of pain. Regardless of the duration of the disorder, each and every patient can expect to enjoy an improvement in their ability to cope with pain.
During therapy, the pain physiotherapist acts mainly as a manager and supervisor, while you as the patient are the most important “worker” in the team and play a significant role in the success of your therapy. We sit down with you to go over the goals of your therapy, all the while taking into account the contextual factors that are most important to you. All treatment goals are based on SMART criteria:
S – specific
M – measurable
A – achievable
R – realistic
T – timed
and represent a “contract” between you as a patient and the treatment team.
Body awareness and relaxation
Relaxation training is directly connected to body awareness. A chronic pain patient’s body awareness is dictated by their prevailing pain. Relaxation training is aimed at allowing patients to experience their bodies in a variety of different ways. By experiencing and feeling their own bodies, patients develop body awareness which subsequently helps them to improve their self-confidence. Patients who know their own bodies are endowed with a sense of strength and security. A variety of methods, including breathing exercises, mindfulness-based pain management and mindful yoga, are used to teach patients body awareness and relaxation skills.
MTT – Medical training therapy
Functional medical training therapy is used to teach patients conditional skills, including strength, duration, flexibility, coordination and more. During this therapy, emphasis is placed on the interaction between the nervous system, muscles, metabolism and breathing. The fundamental goal of this training is to improve the physical fitness of patients such that they can better manage their professions, everyday activities and free time – under all the usual conditions. For chronic pain patients, MTT is used to recognise and expound upon the interplay between exercise and physical well-being. Simple motion sequences and aerobic endurance exercises are two particularly effective ways to treat chronic pain. Our therapists will provide you with a personalised training plan that is tailored to your own physical condition and needs. This training gradually increases in intensity, and is always supervised and adapted.
Nordic walking is endurance training aimed at developing overall stamina, reducing the risk of heart disease, improving breathing and flexibility, and building muscular strength and perseverance. Nordic walking plays an important role in pain therapy, for as an “outdoor sport” it is perfectly suitable for patients.
Hydrotherapy focuses on the movement of joints under water, using the buoyancy and resistance of water as both a source of relief and a way to improve strength and coordination. The positive characteristics of water, such as buoyancy, warmth and resistance, provide patients with ideal conditions for exercise. Targeted motion sequences allow for patients to experience tension and relaxation at the same time. Hydrotherapy is especially well-suited for chronic pain patients, for often their physical strength is diminished. Hydrotherapy exercises help patients regain confidence in their mobility, improve their stamina and relearn movements which have been avoided. The hydrotherapy programme is also a gentle introduction to physical activity and movement for those patients who have little experience with mobility.
Aquajogging is perfect for building muscles (via strength endurance) and improving stamina. It is also used to teach patients motor coordination skills while walking and running. Aquajogging is full-body training that uses water resistance to improve physical fitness and keep the cardiovascular system stimulated for extended periods of time.
At the Centre for Pain Medicine, you’re always in good hands. We are an experienced team of specialised pain physiotherapists. After a thorough initial diagnosis, we guide you on your path to a better way of life. If you have travelled a long distance to reach our centre, then after the initial diagnosis we will provide recommendations for therapists who practise near your place of residence.