Is Pain Preventing You From Living Your Life To Its Fullest? Learn What You Need To Do To Get Better Before Calling Us For The Most Effective Pain Relief Treatment Dublin Has To Offer.
First of all, let’s say this “Pain is weird”. For more on this see here –
Close your eyes. Press the restart button. Forget what you’ve been told works or you believe just for a minute. You want to get back to yourself, you want to get back doing the things you love doing, you don’t want to have pain. You think you’re doing all the right things. Are you currently waiting for an injection? Are you going to physio and getting some rubs or needles put in to you? Are you visiting a chiropractor and getting “ clicked back into place”?
It’s not that these things don’t ever work. Sometimes they can work, but not for the reasons you’ve probably been told. For more on this see here –
For the most part, therapists don’t “fix” anything or anyone. Think about that!
So, what’s going to help you?
1 – Stop looking for someone to fix you
Passive treatments (where someone does something to you) like hands-on treatment, needles, manipulation often have short-term benefits in making you feel a little bit better for a while. These should all be used as a jumpstart to getting you move more and return to your favourite activities. Them on their own isn’t enough, not even close.
2 – Understand why you have pain
Understanding what your pain means and often, more importantly, what it doesn’t mean is a great starting point. Misinformation from health professionals is a huge problem today. Being told your spine is unstable and your discs are bulging understandably creates a fear and avoidance of movement and activity and a protective response. How could it not when you’re being told that you’re weak and things are out of place. The reaction to this information often becomes the driver of maladaptive strategies to cope with your situation. A clear understanding of your pain often provides the necessary relief needed to get moving with confidence again. Therapeutic neuroscience education is a great starting point but usually it’s not enough on its own.
3 – Become an active participant in your own recovery
Most of my time in a session with a patient is spent advising them what to do when they are not in my physio room. What do you need to do? Start moving again / start loading. You have to give your tissues a reason to adapt. Load them up with exercise. There is no single, magic exercise. Choose something you can do easily without much equipment or needing to travel somewhere. Getting this right should mean you can do the activity more often. It could be stepping up and down off a chair five times every hour. It could be turning on your favourite song and dancing for three minutes a few times a day. Get the dosage right.
4 – Set Goals!
Goal setting helps to promote self-efficacy. This is ultimately where physios should be trying to take you – give you the tools you need to help yourself so you’re not dependant on medication or waiting to see a therapist. Ask yourself this question: what are the things you would love to do if pain was not an issue? Think of the end goal and work with your therapist using the smart approach. Goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted.
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