Chronic Pain Focus

Chronic Pain & Wellbeing

Chronic pain is a complex and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can impact every aspect of an individual’s life, including their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. Treatment for chronic pain typically involves a multidisciplinary approach that may include medication, physical therapy, counseling, and lifestyle changes, among other interventions
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Managing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is ongoing pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. People with chronic pain typically have an initial period of exploration, whereby professionals try to identify an underlying cause. Within this acute period, efforts usually focus upon a medical and physiological approach- trying to find the cause of pain.

Chronic pain, pain that does not subside within 12 weeks, often continues long after an injury, treatment, or surgery. Pain signals continue to be active within the central nervous system for weeks, months and often years after the initial onset. Given the low probability for people with chronic pain conditions to find a cure, the focus then becomes learning to manage, control, and live with the continuous pain signals.

Medication may be an option and may offer relief for some people. Further discussions and considerations relating to the dilemmas regarding pain medication can be found in the section ‘treatments for chronic pain’.

Beyond medical solutions, the following lifestyle practices, approaches, and support systems may be utilised by individuals wishing to live well despite living with pain:

Chronic Pain and wellbeing




Breathing techniques




Heat treatment – use of a heat pad, hot-tub or cold packs/ice




Bird watching



Friendship, connection with other people

Chronic pain support groups

Religion and spirituality

TENS machine

Surgical implants i.e., spinal cord stimulator

Psychological therapy

Biofeedback therapy

Chiropractic treatment

Nutritional supplements and herbal remedies

Occupational therapy