There are two main factors to consider with chronic pain:

What health is the damaged tissue in and what can we do to improve it?

How does the brain interpret the signals from this tissue?

Tissue Health

The osteopath is trained to assess and identify damaged tissue and treat it effectively. Chronic symptoms may be a sign of poor tissue health meaning it is unable to recover without help. However other areas of the body can also cause stress and dysfunction to the painful spot; therefore, the patient may require treatment in other regions to reduce the pressure on the original complaint. This global approach helps improve the overall functioning of the body.

Pain Signals

The brain is a learning tool; neuroplasticity is the term given to the brain’s ability to change itself depending upon its use. If your brain is constantly bombarded with pain signals it can adapt its systems to receive more stimuli and become increasingly sensitive; this process can complicate chronic conditions. These changes may lead to altered movement patterns which reinforce the problem as opposed to helping it. Therapeutic treatment, rehabilitation exercise and correct self-management can help to desensitize this reaction and promote recovery.

People injure themselves on a regular basis; the body goes through the normal healing processes and they recover. When these processes do not function correctly, the person may develop symptoms and require treatment. We will help you complete these stages back to normal health.

Chronic pain from injury or arthritis can be helped by this approach. Rehabilitation after hip or knee replacement surgery can also benefit from treatment.

We have been treating chronic pain in Sussex for years!