Chronic pain is a multifaceted condition that can have significant physical and emotional impacts on individuals. It is characterised by persistent or recurring pain that lasts beyond three months and is a prevalent health issue in Australia, affecting approximately one in every five individuals. Chronic pain can have various underlying causes, such as musculoskeletal conditions, nerve damage, chronic illnesses, trauma or injury, and psychological factors.
At Ivins Chiropractic, we adopt a comprehensive approach to addressing chronic pain. This involves a thorough investigation, analysis, and individualised treatment protocol based on current research, patient self-reported measures, and the biopsychosocial model.
Our investigation begins with a detailed evaluation of the patient's medical history, followed by a comprehensive physical examination to assess posture, movement patterns, muscle imbalances, and joint mobility. Diagnostic imaging or laboratory tests may be ordered to further evaluate the underlying causes of pain.
Analysis of the patient's condition considers various factors, including the location, intensity, and quality of pain, functional limitations, and the impact on the patient's daily life. This approach contributes to developing an individualised treatment protocol.
Our treatment protocol is based on current research and incorporates patient self-reported measures and the biopsychosocial model. Self-reported inventories, such as pain scales and questionnaires, are utilised to assess the severity, impact, and changes in pain over time. This information helps in monitoring progress and adjusting the treatment plan accordingly.
The biopsychosocial model recognises that biological, psychological, and social factors influence chronic pain. At Ivins Chiropractic, we consider these factors in our approach. We provide education and support to help patients understand the complex nature of chronic pain and its potential triggers. We may incorporate stress-reduction techniques, relaxation exercises, and counselling to address psychological aspects and improve overall well-being.
Our treatment protocol may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, therapeutic exercises, and lifestyle modifications. These interventions aim to alleviate pain, improve joint function, enhance mobility, and promote overall physical and emotional well-being.
We emphasise patient empowerment and self-management strategies, educating patients on pain management techniques, ergonomic principles, and exercises that can be performed at home to promote self-care and active participation in their own recovery.