Category: Chronic Pain

Opioids for Chronic Pain: What You Need to Know

There is strong evidence that opioid therapy reduces the intensity of acute pain (pain present following tissue injury/trauma/surgery), cancer pain and pain for patients who are at end of life (palliative care). However, there is little evidence to suggest that opioids have an effect in reducing chronic pain (pain that has been present for more […]

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Understanding & Managing Persistent Pain

Everyone agrees that pain is a universal human experience. We also know that pain is produced by the brain. This includes all pain whether sharp, dull, strong or mild, and no matter how long you’ve had it. This article discusses persistent, or chronic, pain and provides strategies on how to manage it. If you have […]

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Incidental Exercise: A Healthy Habit that Can Improve Your Pain

We all know exercise is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The latest guidelines suggest we should be accumulating 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderate intensity exercise, or 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours of vigorous intensity exercise a week. However our habits throughout the rest of the day might be undoing this hard work. […]

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Back to the Truth: Six Common Myths About Low Back Pain Explained

Both misunderstood and mismanaged, low back pain is a huge source of suffering for many people worldwide. Despite being one of the most common sources of pain, disability and time off work, low back pain is often poorly managed.  Here are a few of the myths (and what research actually shows) we commonly hear at […]

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The Relationship Between Sleep & Pain

Do you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep because of pain? Does your pain feel worse after a bad nights sleep? If you said yes then you’re not alone. These complaints are more common than you might think. Furthermore, there is strong evidence that sleep and pain are related. Pain can affect sleep […]

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Fibromyalgia Syndrome

What is Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)? Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a collection of symptoms characterised by widespread pain in the body. The pathology of FMS is not well known, but we do know it is not related to ongoing tissue damage (Clauw, 2014). Instead it’s thought to be connected to an overactive central nervous system that […]

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How We Achieve A Good Patient Outcome at Physiotas

What will it take to achieve the best outcome for my patient? At Physiotas we encourage our therapists to ask this question every time they see a patient. Whether it’s our physiotherapists, exercise physiologists or massage therapists. Why? Because the answer to this question helps you recover faster from your injury. In 2003, Brown University […]

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How Physiotherapy Can Help You Manage Chronic Pain

If you’ve ever been injured you will have experienced acute pain. Acute pain is the response to damaged tissue and is critical for our survival. It is a warning that alerts us to danger, as well as being an important protective mechanism. The amount of pain you experience is a reflection of how bad the […]

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