Pain is real, but so is hope
Helen provides an integrative approach to treating pain. Although pain is a conscious experience, changing thoughts around pain, is often not enough. Helen uses a combination of non-invasive targeted therapies, with broader functional approaches in each session to modulate pain pathways so you can re-engage in activities that are meaningful to you.
With extensive experience in the treatment of burn injury and multi-trauma, Helen also incorporates tissue healing approaches to persistent pain management. This unique approach targets pain at a tissue level. Modern definitions of chronic pain suggest that pain persisting beyond 3 months is not functional because the tissue injury has ‘healed’. Although your injury may look healed on the surface, scars commonly take 2 years to mature, and pathological scars even longer. Therefore, it is possible that your persistent pain may be related to an altered structural arrangement of the tissue state. The scar does not necessarily need to look bad to cause pain.
Following any sort of injury, surgery or disease inflammation can persist so that scars and adhesions remain in a chronic state of tension and stiffness. Inflammation can limit the blood supply to the tissues and directly stimulate nerves. The tension and stiffness can lead to secondary changes including altered postural and movement habits which can strain seemingly unrelated parts of your body. Pain therapies offered at Perth Scar and Pain Clinic include the assessment of the whole body using a Structural Integration approach to identify areas of tightness and limited functional mobility. Various therapies are used to systematically release tensional strains and bring a sensory awareness to your movement patterns.
In some conditions pain will remain and be a continual part of your life. Helen can work with you to develop strategies to manage your pain and adapt to your new normal. It can be a hard process to accept this change, however and engage in a meaningful life full of activities
Pain conditions typically treated:
Helen prefers to work in conjunction with your team of health care providers, within a health focused, empowerment model of care.
Acute Pain Conditions:
- Post-surgical pain
- Musculoskeletal and soft tissue injury
- Minor burn injuries
Chronic Pain Conditions often treated:
- Scar pain: e.g. scarring from burns, cancer radiation treatments, surgery or trauma.
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Cancer pain
- Unexplained pain
- Arthritic pain
- Carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injuries.
- Pain associated with neurological conditions i.e. post stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease.
Every person is unique and so is your pain response. Successful treatment relies on understanding your individual qualities and ensuring your personal needs are met. You don’t need to be trapped by your pain, we can work together to find strategies that work for you.
Pain strategies utilised at the Perth Scar and Pain Clinic can include:
- Sensory Integration
- Structural Integration
- Therapeutic Scar massage
- Breathing training
- Stress management
- Mindful Movement
- Self management strategies
- Activity restructuring
- Cognitive restructuring