Acute Pain Management
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Our Approach to Acute Pain
The tools and techniques we use at Muscle Therapies are ones that are known to be helpful in managing one or more of the four pain drivers. As we work together the goal is to use these approaches to improve the way you produce and process sensory information that results in pain. Working together we will help you learn what is safe again in order to help you recover. These are some of our approaches and the reasons we use them.
Testing is at the heart of what we do. Testing allows us (by "us" I me you and me) to learn about your pain sensitivity. It will help us find out what your pain is not so eventually we can learn what your pain is. You might want to read our article "The Needle in the Haystack" for more information on this.
Once we can narrow down which pain driver affects you the most, we can set about creating a bespoke plan.
Functional Neurology (P-DTR)
A technique directed at a form of learnt pain in your nervous system. It gives us clues to how you might be compensating by allowing us to see what reflexes are being generated. Learnt pain can be in the form of sensitisation of the nerve endings in your body that send signals to your brain. This is called Nociception. When nerve endings are activated they cause reflexive muscle actions, like pulling your hand away from a hot stove for example. When sensitised the pulling away reflex will show up even months after the injury occurred. P-DTR Functional Neurology can help us resolve this type of pain driver.
Removing reflexive patterns also has a good effect on tissue and nerve compression pain types, so this is a technique we highly recommend in the early stages of any work we do with you.
Sports and Remedial Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy)
Sports Massage is particularly good at dealing with tissue compression pain (called Ischemia). Pain from tissue compression happens because blood oxygen levels reduce in localised tissues, so acidity builds up. Having a range of techniques that can help decompress these areas is vital to helping manage discomfort.
There is a lot of research that supports Remedial Massage in helping not only compression issues but also in helping relax stress levels and bring awareness to the body - all issues known to reduce the occurrence of persistent pain.
Corrective Functional Exercise
Movement is absolutely key to recovering from Chronic pain. Pain causes us to change our movement habits and we learn behaviours that limit activity in painful areas. It is likely you can list off a few movements that cause pain, so it is no wonder you might decide to avoid them.
Corrective Functional Exercise is designed to help you gradually expose yourself to things you thought you couldn't do, whilst in a safe and controlled environment. The idea is to rebuild your confidence and eventually break your limiting movement beliefs. This is a fun and extremely liberating experience to go through and one of the areas of work we find most fulfilling at Muscle Therapies.
Education is at the heart of what we do here. Overcoming persistent pain is about gaining credible evidence that you are safe to move pain free. Many times that evidence comes in the form of learning the rules of pain and why your pain is in fact following a "learnt pain" set of rules and not a "tissue destructive" set of rules for example. This knowledge allows you to let go of many of the fears you may have developed due to a misunderstanding of pain.
Most therapist like to keep an air of mystery to their "treatments". They would like you to think that they can "fix" you. Fixing people is something no therapist does. Instead, I believe we "facilitate change" in people. We ask questions, offer the body a better environment, through a change in tissue condition or mindset, then let your body do what it was designed to do - heal itself.
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