Chronic Pain

Chronic or persistent pain is defined as pain that persists beyond expected healing time. Due to this, it is likely this pain is more about the sensitivity of the nervous system, more so than direct tissue damage. Chronic or persistent pain doesn’t have to be a way of life. Building the correct foundation and understanding your pain, and the difference between good and bad pain, is key to recovery and returning to activities you may have stopped due to fear of pain or as a protective strategy.
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With movement and the correct exercise, you can reduce your pain and you can be on your way to a full recovery. It is important to understand that chronic pain is multifaceted and therefore requires both mental, physical and social health components to be considered for full recovery.

How can exercise help?

Everyone with chronic pain is different, and it is important to establish a safe level of exercise for you to start at, with your Exercise Physiologist. Exercise can:

  • Improve pain management and assist with full recovery
  • Improve strength and range of motion
  • Improve overall physical function and capacity
  • Improve mental health
  • Reduce deconditioning
  • Increase activity enjoyment
  • Reduce fear of movement

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