Best Ways to Manage your Pain

Active self management?

❗️A lot of the major guidelines which health care practitioners base their treatment plans, are starting to recommend encouraging patients and clients to become active in helping themselves just as much as a practitioner is helpful.

✅ There is good quality evidence that self-management has good effects on chronic pain patients/ clients.

✅ A good partnership with your condition improved results full stop.

✅ Working collaboratively can increase compliance and adherence towards these goals. Every partnership is tailored and unique here at Back In Action we strive to working to empower our patients and get them reaching their goals and what matters deeply to them.


🚷Fear Avoidance

Fear avoidance is when a person in pain avoids reforming certain activities – due to fear that they will do “more damage” to their back as they are in pain. However as you might recall from one of our previous blogs pain does not equal damage. 90% of back pain is complex but usually not specific to a certain injury.

Education is 🔑 here. When you get your helping hand from the Chiropractor, their assessment will say whether or not you should be avoiding the activities you choose or not. Most of the time the answers are a no, however this is situation dependent.

✅ This will help to encourage you as a patient to not be in fear and educate you that they can do what you would like albeit in a finely tuned manner.

🚨 If you recall that pain is an alarm system, our job and role is the calm the system down and we can do that with giving you advice on how to cope also doing further strategies at home. Chiropractors are there to give you a helping hand and give you a nudge in the right direction after that you may need further advice and help to stay on the right path this is where we continue to use our helping hands to further encourage mobility motion, good posture, and find certain areas that may hinder your progress. This is the areas that we can identify that we need to work on together in a partnership.


Take-home points 🏡 🎯 

There is a difference between hurt and harm

Understand that pain is multi dimensional

When in doubt get it checked out

You may need a helping chiropractic hand

Exercises will bring success



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Getting You Back in Action & Enjoying Your Life Again
Serving the people of Preston and surrounding areas including Southport and Lytham St Annes

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