CHRONIC PAIN

You are not alone, we can help you!

We understand

Chronic pain is physically and emotionally exhausting. It can affect your whole life: your personal life, your social life and your work life; your mood, your relationships, and your physical ability: When you’re in pain, you tend to do less and be less active, feel frustrated and/or down, avoid being around people, take your frustration out on your family or yourself, question your ability to do things including work, worry about the future and whether you will manage your next flare up, and often crave for a good night’s sleep.

As chronic pain is invisible, people with chronic pain can feel misunderstood and stigmatised, even by the medical profession. They can lose their status within their family, their community, and experience discrimination in many areas of their lives, including not being able to access health care, education, income and income support. There is a decreased enjoyment of normal activities, loss of function, role change and relationship difficulties.

We can help

Beyond Pain is renowned for its unique personalised service, and the ability to achieve successful outcomes within a short time period.

We get that chronic pain affects many aspects of your life. So we address the whole you and not just the painful part… this is our strength and what makes us different!

We work with anyone suffering from pain. Our clients range from CEO’s to factory workers, sports people, stay at home mums, and retirees. We see people from all walks of life.

Our approach

  • Detailed assessment to understand what you’ve been through, we really listen so we know what we need to do to help you.
  • Extended consultations: up to 60 min consultations – not the typical 15-20 mins session – we know these don’t work for chronic pain conditions.
  • We really understand what’s important to you and what you would like to achieve
  • Encourage you to bring family and/or friends to nominated sessions to educate and help teach them because research shows support networks are essential
  • A tailored pain management program to help you recover from pain and move on with your lifeAccess to a fully equipped gym with a swimming pool (if necessary)
  • Home-based program for those who have no access to a gym or have mobility restrictions
  • Psychological strategies to tackle unhelpful thoughts and emotions
  • Flexible sessions because we understand the challenges of living with chronic pain
  • One-one sessions with an experienced therapist
  • Ongoing contact after the program if you have any issues
  • We will work with your existing therapistsWe will work with Life/Income Protection schemes
  • We treat all compensable schemes including Medicare

By the end of the program

  • You will have measurable improvement both physically and mentally and a clear plan on how to achieve your goals
  • You will have a tailored program covering stretches, exercise, and psychological strategies to build up your functional tolerances and get back to what you want to achieve
  • You will have specific pain management and energy optimisation techniques to maximise activity levels
  • You will have more confidence setting up daily routines and dealing with your condition yourself
  • You will have a greater knowledge and understanding of your condition and how best to deal with it and explain it to others
  • You will have the tools to get a better night’s sleep
  • You will be able to socialise more with confidence, and rekindle strained relationshipsYou will know how to use your breath for pain relief and anxiety
  • You will have a greater knowledge of foods that will help your body to heal
  • You will have a structured flare-up and set-back management plan
  • … and much more

Related Services

Consultancy

If you are an organisation with a staff member suffering from chronic pain condition or are an employee receiving Income Protection benefits and would benefit from pain management coaching and/or work conditioning programs we have a unique personalised approach and are considered as a specialised provider in this industry.

We also work with organisations to develop early intervention strategies/policies to prevent chronic illness.

Speaking & Workshops

Anjelo is a well respected and much sought after speaker in pain management. Our workshops can be tailored to best suit the needs of your organisation or audience.

  • We train organisations, groups, and industry bodies on how best to support people with chronic pain.
  • We run ½-day & 1-day workshops for continuous professional development for health practitioners, insurers, small/medium/large organisations, and other vocations dealing with people with chronic pain.
  • Guest peaking or partake in forums on the top of well being and chronic pain
  • Anjelo can attend as a Keynote speaker at national conferences and other functions

Please contact us here to find out how we can help.

Testimonial

‘After sustaining a work related back injury and about a year of recovery through conventional physio i had reached a point in my recovery where progress had stalled and it seemed for months i was not making any progress. I was on heavy pain killers and getting bad flare ups which would keep me bedridden at least once every month. By chance i was put on to Anjelo at Beyond Pain and it was the best thing that could happen. After going through the Beyond Pain program i gained an understanding of the effects of pain an how to set achievable goals. With Anjelo’s expertise I continue to hit my goals which has been a massive for me not only physically but mentally. I don’t get the flare ups anymore and i painkillers are just an afterthought now.. I would highly recommend Anjelo’s services as it has been a very positive outcome for myself.’
Justin

Information on Chronic Pain

What is it

Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for 3 months or longer, even once the original injury or cause has fully resolved. It is also known commonly as persistent pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, somatoform/somatosensory disorder, and complex regional pain syndrome.

It can affect the whole body:

  • Skin
  • Immune system
  • Endocrine and cardiac systems
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • and most of all the nervous system

The primary symptom is generally all body pain with associated fatigue and mental health issues. There are conditions such as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, where the chronic pain is more localised to a joint (such as the wrist or ankle).

Pain is complex; it can manifest in many ways because neuroplastic changes occur within the nervous system, which make the body more sensitive to pain and can create sensations of pain even without external pain stimuli. For example, people can feel pain from a breeze or clothes touching their skin. This is called pain sensitisation.

We don’t really know why some people develop chronic pain and others don’t.

There is a range of secondary symptoms/conditions to Chronic Pain. These include:

  • Sleep issues
  • Cognitive issues: short term memory loss, poor concentration, ‘brain fog’, hypersensitivity to light and sound
  • Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Helplessness
  • Issues with weight regulation
  • Hypersensitivity to weather changes and light touch
  • Recurrent flu-like symptoms

The longer pain remains untreated, the greater the risk of the body becoming sensitised to pain, and the pain becoming chronic. Therefore, timely and effective treatment of acute pain is essential to prevent transition to chronic pain.

Causes

Often, it is following an injury or extreme trauma where fear, stress or anxiety can manifest as physical pain. Some people has it as a gradual onset (with no injury or illness) and there is now emerging research that there could also be genetic factors involved

Who gets it

Research suggests that 1 in 5 of us has chronic pain. It affects men, women and children of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. The challenge is that it is unpredictable and is personal. No two people will ever feel the same pain. One in five GP consultations involves a patient with chronic pain and almost five percent report severe, disabling chronic pain.

It is estimated that less than 10% of people with chronic non-cancer pain gain access to effective care, despite current knowledge would allow 80% to be treated effectively, if there was adequate access to quality pain services.
Chronic pain is the most common reason people of working age drop out of the workforce—with back problems and arthritis alone accounting for 40% of forced retirements—while 90% of people with severe or very severe pain report some interference with work.

Pain can also affect you mentally:

  • One in five Australian adults with severe or very severe pain also suffer depression or other mood disorders.
  • One in three Australian adults with severe or very severe pain have high or very high levels of psychological distress.
  • There are high rates of generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance misuse.
  • There are high levels of suicide ideation, plans and attempts in people with chronic pain, and physical health problems have been implicated in 21% of suicides in Australia.
  • There is no one simple solution because chronic pain is complex. It is more than just a simple physical sensation; it is really an exhausting “experience”.

It’s not uncommon to see people resort to increased medications, social/illicit drugs, alcohol, and other harmful substances just to escape the pain.