Chronic Pain

At dundalk physical therapy we will help you understand why you are in chronic pain and work with you to manage and hopefully eliminate it.

Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for months or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.

The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition. Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. Some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body's production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body's most basic defenses may be compromised: There is considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the immune system.

Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition. At dundalk physical therapy we are up to date with the latest in pain science and are skilled in the management of chronic pain. Our approach may include pain science education, healing through movement, relaxation and breathing techniques, Myofascial release or deep tissue massage where tissue restrictions contribute to the condition, stretching and joint mobilisation. Quite often the inclusion of other health professionals may be required to achieve optimal results, these may include psychologist, counsellor, dietitian etc. In these cases referral can be arranged through our extensive referral network.