Eight Tools That Bring Results You Can Feel
At RehWork, we’re constantly searching for, developing and implementing pain management tools that positively impact our patients’ lives.
Once we’re sure they’re effective, we add them to the RehWork Toolbox.
These include physical as well as mental techniques and exercises because your mind holds sway over your pain every bit as much as your body does. The toolbox currently includes eight tools, but look for it to expand over the years as our understanding of pain and how to manage it sharpens and grows.
1. Exercise and Movement
In most cases, movement aids in recovery. It’s the way the body is able to get back to its routine before the debilitating injury disrupted it.
For instance, the nerves and discs in your back need get their nutrients through movement. This also serves to lubricate the joints, which in turn allows for increased freedom of movement, which leads to the strengthening of related muscles.
This progression promotes relaxation and improved mood through the release of endorphins and other substances in the body. The result? Your pain tolerance increases, the pain you feel decreases, and you feel better.
2. Muscle Relaxation
Have you noticed that when your pain persists, you tend to tense up? Sometimes, you’ll even feel pain in other areas of your body not related to your primary injury.
This is due to tightness and stiffness in your muscles, which is caused by your persistent pain. Stretching these muscles and getting them to relax can in turn decrease the pain you feel.
Stress, physical inactivity and your innate desire to avoid movements that could cause you pain all contribute to this muscle tension.
We’ll show you techniques to relax your muscles and exercises designed to stretch them, which will counteract this tension and lessen your pain.
3. Cognitive Behaviour Strategies
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a treatment used to identify thoughts and feelings that influence your pain experience.
Our therapists can help you identify and eliminate or mitigate these behaviours. This usually leads to increased activity and a decrease in the pain you feel.
4. Mindfulness Exercises
You may have been told at some point that there’s a mental reason for your pain, not just a physical cause.
Just as your mental state can cause you to pay more attention to your pain, we can use your mind to lessen the pain you feel.
We’ll show you mindfulness exercises you can use to wind down your nervous system, decrease your sensitivity to pain and program your mind to pay less attention to your pain.
5. Stress Management Strategies
Numerous studies have spelled out the damage stress can do, and there’s nothing that causes more stress than experiencing pain for long periods.
Our stress management strategies can help you minimise your stress and better cope with your symptoms.
6. Patient Education
Your understanding of your condition is key to mitigating it.
That’s why we do our utmost to educate you – not only regarding your particular condition but the difference between good pain and bad pain as well.
The result is increased control over your pain perception.
7. Work-Related Exercises
Are you wondering how you’re ever going to get from where you are now to a spot where you feel comfortable going back to work and resuming other family and recreational activities?
Our graded exercises are specifically designed to bring you from here to there. We individualize your exercise routine to help you set and then meet measurable goals every step of the way.
By grading your performance, we encourage you to strive to overcome your limitations and bring yourself back to full functionality.
8. Humour, Respect and Trust
A positive environment is key to your recovery.
When you’re with us, you’re in a warm, caring environment full of fun people who want you to succeed. And, we’re not afraid to laugh along the way.
With our infectious good cheer behind you, you’ll find yourself making more rapid progress than you ever thought possible.