High quality pain education, goal-based action, and an innovative approach to restoring strength.
— Chronic pain treatment
— Pain management
— Pain education programs
— Recovery plans
What we offer
At Form Physiotherapy, we offer pain-science informed physiotherapy. This means that after establishing an accurate diagnosis we educate patients about what their diagnosis means, and then work together to improve capacity using relevant and effective movement. Our treatment develops strong self-management skills and positive health behaviours toward recovery. It is an active process where individuals are up skilled to achieve lasting recovery.
A modern understanding of pain
The science of pain is clear: pain is not a good measure of tissue health. Instead, pain is an elaborate protective system. The system takes into account all sorts of information to determine whether your body needs protecting, and not just signals from the tissues. What you see, what you hear, and what you’ve experienced in the past can all affect your pain experience. In fact, the pain system is so effective at protection that it can make pain even without signals from the tissues!
If you have had long-term pain then it is easy to feel like your injury is not healing, or even getting worse. What’s more, pain generally makes exercise less appealing and encourages rest – neither of these which are helpful to recovering from pain.
Better pain treatment
Treatment is directed at re-training your pain system to be less protective. This means different things for different people, but generally involves learning about pain and increasing movement.
Learning about pain provides an explanation for why things have not improved, and generally gives confidence to move - even when it hurts. Exercise not only helps to make the tissues stronger, but can be a powerful trigger to the pain system, helping it to become less protective (e.g. think about how glaring it can be to walk outside after being inside a dark room. A similar thing happens to your pain system after you rest for a period after injury - small movements can feel big, and little bumps can hurt a lot).
Let's collaborate on this challenge, starting with a good education in pain itself - what does it mean, and what can you do about it. Then let's work toward meaningful goals and start achieving the things that matter.