Suffering from chronic pain is a difficult condition to bear. Approximately one in five Australian (3.2 million) experience chronic pain.
Chronic pain is a severe pain experienced more or less continuously, day and night for more than three months. Severe persistent pain can continue despite attempts to diagnose and treat the underlying cause. The pain may have come suddenly like after surgery/accident or have built up gradually over time following arthritis or some other physical condition.
There are over 300 conditions that are associated with persistent pain, such as fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal pain, headaches, migraine, lower back pain, back or neck pain, surgery of various types, as well as many other causes. There is also cancer pain which may be acute or persistent especially if there is nerve damage.
Chronic pain has a pervasive and devastating impact on all aspects of the sufferer’s life: an experience of sleep deprivation, irritability and fatigue as well as the loss of work, a source of income, meaningful activities. In addition, the relationships at home may be weakened, family life disrupted, enjoying fewer pleasant activities and limited social life. Long term pain changes also how we perceive our selves, self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.
The pain could develop gradually over many months but other times the pain can happen more suddenly in response to an accident or illness. The pain can continue for long periods of time even though, there may no longer be a good reason for the pain. Often the ongoing pain condition causes mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
If you are suffering from ongoing pain and you wish to explore the psychological tools, we recommend that you see your GP for an assessment of your condition and a possible Mental Health Treatment Plan to enable you to claim the Medicare rebates. Your GP may prescribe pain killer and/or anti-depressant as well as psychological intervention.
Traditional biomedical treatments for chronic pain and physical illnesses can fail to reduce pain. Research over the last 30 years has shown that chronic pain is a bio-psycho-social condition which can greatly benefit from psychological interventions such as Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Hypnosis. Psychological intervention is not a substitute for medical treatment or medication, but something you do alongside medical treatment. Actually, many people have reported that their practices in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion or Self-Hypnosis help their medications to be more effective.
We offer a Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy all of which are evidence-based approaches to manage pain.
We will listen to you, provide you with an assessment and then present approaches/ strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances. Together, we will explore practical and effective ways to resolve your challenges and reach your goal. The aim is to help you to build emotional resources to enable you to ease the pain for greater resilience, calm and well-being.
Burleigh Waters, Qld 4220