Suffering from chronic pain?
As an osteopath in the Hunter Region, I am regularly working with clients who are struggling with chronic pain. NSW Health states that chronic pain is increasingly being viewed as a chronic disease, I couldn’t agree more.
An episode of acute pain is a limitation in itself, however those who have suffered enduring pain will be the first to tell you that it has a far wider range of effects beyond the physical limitation itself. Mood and emotion, social interactions, diet and sleep are just some of the aspects of a person’s life which can be adversely affected by chronic pain.
So how do you address such a multifaceted problem?
In my opinion, it should be addressed with a multidisciplinary approach. As an osteopath at ATUNE Health centres, I am fortunate to work alongside a range of health care professionals. I see the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to health care on a daily basis.
But what does this really mean to the client?
In my experience, it means that the best results for chronic pain patients rarely come from one “cure-all” treatment or “magic” remedy. Results come from gradually addressing the multiple factors contributing to the overall presentation. 10% here, 20% there, some treatment from your osteopath or physiotherapist, some supplements from your naturopath. It is the consistent application of such a compliment treatments over time that serves to create meaningful change to chronic pain and chronic health.
This journey can often seem insurmountable if you suffer from chronic pain, however as with any journey, the first step is the most important step to take. With commitment and persistence and the right professional guidance, you can improve your pain and improve your health.