This week is National Pain Week and here at Muscle and Move Myotherapy we help people in pain everyday and we think it’s an important issue to discuss a little more in depth. I’ve included some stats regarding pain in Australia and an overview of some of my approaches below.
Let’s start with the painful truth… couldn’t resist that one 🙂
- Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help. (It’s probably why you’re here in the first place).
- One in five Australians live with chronic pain including adolescents and children.
- This prevalence rises to one in three people over the age of 65.
- The total economic cost of chronic pain in 2007 was estimated at more than $34 billion, including $11 billion productivity costs and $7 billion direct health care costs.
- Early intervention and adoption of evidence-based treatment could halve the economic cost of chronic pain.
Stats courtesy of Pain Australia.
Points 1 to 4 might be eye opening to you, But… Point 5 is where my eyes light up!
There has been oodles (medically correct term of course) of research done over the years into all types of pain conditions and the treatments that work well for them. Whilst it will continue to evolve and change and there is plenty out there that I haven’t yet come across. There’s a few consistencies on the best practises, well summarised in this pyramid from Adam Meakins – The Sports Physio.
I almost exclusively use the lower 4 tiers of this pyramid and if I ever stray in to the top tier (crystals etc), feel free to stand up and walk out of the consult. I also suggest you do the same if any other health practitioner you are consulting with breaks out the crystals and attempts to align your chakras along with your spine (you probably don’t need you spine aligned either, whilst I’m at it). The more of the top half of the pyramid that is used, the more your independence and self-efficacy is stripped away. You become reliant on someone ‘fixing’ you rather than learning and growing yourself.
The entire purpose of our work together is to put you in a position where you don’t need to rely on our work together anymore.
Think of it this way – you don’t go to AA meetings because you want to keep going to AA meetings and you don’t take your car to the mechanic to be fixed, only to be told you have to come back once a week for all of eternity for it to stay that way.
Does that mean no more sessions ever again? Probably not – we’re all human and checking in from time to time or for some maintenance still has it’s place. But I want you to be in control and during our sessions together I aim to show you how to do that.
I’d love you to share this with someone you know experiencing chronic pain, remember 1 in 5 of us Aussies experience it. Let them know that there are people out there who genuinely have their best interests at heart and can help them out. I’m always available for a phone call prior to any appointments being made too.
Forward them this list of amazing patient resources. It’s one I show to clients regularly.