Chronic pain effects approximately 20% of all adults which includes approximately 62% of adults over 75 years old. It often coincides with other chronic health conditions such as obesity, disability, poor sleep and quality of life, increased healthcare costs, anxiety, and depression. Due to these other conditions, chronic pain often results in an increase in physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour.
For a long time the predominant form of treatment for chronic pain has been medication and rest. This however does not result in lifestyle changes and therefore is not always an appropriate way to manage long-term pain. Introducing regular, structured exercise will help reduce sedentary behaviour which in turn will have many other ongoing benefits such as reducing the required medication.
At Reach Allied Health our accredited Exercise Physiologists are trained to provide safe and effective exercise within each individual's limitations by working within their pain-free range of motion.
A common addition to pain is the fear of movement (Kinesiophobia). Quite often people do not want to move as they are afraid that their pain will be aggravated, however exercise is actually a great tool for managing pain, especially when moving within a pain-free range of motion.
At Reach Allied Health hydrotherapy is a common form of exercise for chronic pain management, however other forms of exercise are more than appropriate to manage this condition.
The benefits of exercise for those living with Chronic Pain include:
- Increased muscular strength -
- Reduced sedentary activity -
- Improved physical function and functional capacity -
- Increased mobility -
- Reduced pain intensity and duration -
- Weight management -
- Improved mental health -
- Improved quality of life -
- Reduced muscle soreness -
- Increased circulation -
- Reduced risk of developing co-morbidities -
With a valid referral from your GP, you may be eligible for appointments bulk-billed to Medicare. Alternate options are available.