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Chronic Pain Treatment

Chronic Pain Physiotherapy treatment in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

Chronic pain affects around 15 million people in the UK, of that number around 5 million will struggle to complete daily activities, due to their pain. ​

It is defined as pain that lasts longer than three to six months and can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, including injury, disease, and inflammation. ​

Chronic pain can come in many forms. Some comes from disease based conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Arthritis or Arachnoiditis. Some from injuries that simply haven’t cleared up and some from undiagnosed conditions. 

However, your pain manifests, the reality is that it affects your daily life and work and it is important to resolve it in the best manner possible. 

Disease based chronic pain conditions

Chronic Pain Physiotherapy treatments in Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull

One of the primary goals of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy for chronic pain is to improve physical function and mobility. This can include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion, as well as activities to improve balance and coordination. By improving physical function, patients can better manage their pain and participate in activities they enjoy. ​

It is essential that your therapist understands your condition and works around the limitations you have, whether that is fatigue based, mobility based or practicality based. ​

We start our assessments by assessing your posture. The simple act of realigning the body can be hugely helpful in improving chronic pain levels. ​

Movement is essential in maintaining a healthy body and this is no different if you have a chronic disease. Lack of movement creates more pain that further reduces the movement. This vicious cycle only goes in one direction and mobility gets worse and worse. ​

At The Reinge Clinic we tailor our strength exercises to your needs, with the aim of maintaining optimal posture levels. There is always a way to access the movement we need, and exercises can be made harder or easier, depending on your needs, abilities and pain levels. ​

We have successfully improved the pain and mobility in many clients with conditions such as Inflammatory Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. We regularly work with clients with hugely complex conditions and are one of the few clinics in the country with experience treating clients with the condition Adhesive Arachnoiditis.

Non disease based chronic pain

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Non disease based chronic pain can be highly debilitating, affecting every area of your life. Many clients come to us having tried everything and are desperate for a resolution. ​

We take a different approach to chronic pain. We always start by looking at your posture and at the way your muscles fire. By understanding movement patterns and watching for incorrect muscle movement, we can often spot dysfunction that may have been missed elsewhere. ​

Weakness is a huge aspect in chronic pain that isn’t due to a disease. The muscles of your body are used to support joints and they do this day in, day out, for all of your life. The deepest muscles are there to ensure your body has stability and your joints are kept in the optimum position.

When these muscles stop working properly, the larger muscles take over and tire very easily. Sometimes your body will create layer upon layer of compensatory movement patterns and all of these will need to be undone to get back to the root of the problem and solve it. ​

This process can take some time and can be frustrating for clients. This is why we always include soft tissue massage work in our treatments. This speeds up the process of realigning and strengthening the body, and provides temporary relief from pain along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions about chronic pain conditions

Pain switches off muscles and means that the longer the pain continues for, the weaker your muscles become. 

The role of Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy is to maintain your muscle strength and posture between flare ups of your condition. 

This allows you to function better and limits future damage to joints and other structures that can come from weak muscles. 

The NHS provide some useful tips for living with chronic pain here.

Ongoing pain can be caused by many things, but often tightness in the muscles creates pain. By loosening these muscles it takes away the stiffness and helps to take pressure of the joints. 

We can also feel for changes in muscle tone and target the strength and stretching work, to help relieve stiffness around joints.

Massage is an incredibly useful tool when managing Chronic Pain.  Tight muscles in themselves cause pain and mean muscles switch off. A tight muscle cannot shorten to do its job effectively. 

A regular deep tissue Massage is one of the most effective ways of managing chronic pain conditions and in conditions such as Fibromyalgia, it is particularly effective.

Yes absolutely, in fact staying active is one of the best ways to manage pain. 

We may need to modify the way you do your activity, or suggest rest/activity ratios; but rarely would you need to stop a sport or activity you love due to chronic pain or disease.

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