Chronic Pain

Pain is a specifically designed system designed to protect us from actual or perceived danger or body damage. Without it, we would not remove our hand from a hot plate, or recognise quickly that our leg is not supposed to stretch that far. However, what happens when pain becomes a continuous message that appears to no longer be related to actual tissue damage or threat? If all imaging and healing indicate that physically, everything appears all ok?

Chronic pain is described as “pain persisting for more than 3 months or beyond the expected time of tissue healing” [6]. All pain caused by muscle damage and inflammation can progress to chronic pain if not timely managed [7]. Chronic pain appears to cause mixed messages between movement and sensory feedback. Musculoskeletal deconditioning, fear of movement, general life stressors and impaired movements are likely to cause this mismatch and normal sensation will be interpreted as ‘warning signals’ or pain [7]. As pain continues for longer periods, a greater degree of sensory changes and abnormalities occur within the pain system, both in the brain and in the tissues [8]. However, none of these changes can be currently seen by any imaging. Chronic pain can lead to hyper-sensitivity or central sensitisation of the pain interpretation system [7] and these changes are proposed to occur as a consequence of associated learning memory from regular pain signals [9].Read More

ACC Post-Operative Group Class Subsidy

Great news! ACC is now supporting our wonderful post-operative clients even further with their recovery by providing subsidy for our awesome group classes. What a great way to regain your full function this supportive, small group environment. These classes need to be essential for you to regain your full fitness and achieve your goals following your ACC surgery. Please talk further with your physiotherapist regarding this.  We are so excited about this we have created a special post-operative concession card for $50 for 10 classes or independent gym sessions. Please call or email your physiotherapist or our friendly reception team for more details. Please click here to find a copy of our extensive class schedule which now includes Pilates, Yoga and Strength & Conditioning classes. We are looking forward to seeing you there.