The purpose of this program is to establish the factors that are contributing to chronic pain incorporating both the medical bio-psycho-social model and naturopathic care. Strategies are established with each client to reduce the individual biochemical drivers of pain and further reduce the impact of co-morbid conditions such as insomnia. Improved overall health, well-being and self-care and improved self-management of pain are additional outcomes you can expect. Positive benefits of this program may result in reduced reliance on unnecessary or as-needed medication.
A minimum 6-month program is required to put into place strategies that will bring about lasting improvement. Experience working with clients over 10 years has taught me that ‘overnight’ results are often short-lived, particularly if the contributing factors are not addressed.
At the end of the Pain Management Program you will:
- Be able to feel and track improvement over a 6 month period
- Experience improved well-being and overall health
- Understand the nature of pain and its impact on your health
- Experience improved mood and improved quality of sleep
- Know what foods support your health, and those that don’t
- Have an individual at-home care program that suits your ability
- Have mindfulness and self-care strategies in place to more effectively self-manage pain severity
The Pain Management Program involves working together for 6 months, which entails 7 visits over this period. The structure of the program is outlined below:
Initial Appointment – 75 minutes
This appointment is the longest as involves taking a detailed case history, reviewing past treatments and the use of questionnaires and physical examination to ascertain baseline mood, sleep, pain and quality of life. This appointment determines how we move forward and so requires detailed evaluation. Preliminary treatment recommendations will be made at this stage and in some cases referrals for further testing may be recommended.
Supplements can and do assist with treatment progress and as such may be recommended but their inclusion depends on client preference.
Second Appointment – 60 minutes
The second appointment is scheduled 2 weeks after the initial appointment and at this stage goals are set, a comprehensive treatment plan is established and treatment planning for the next 5 visits is determined. Following this appointment check in by phone or email may be recommended to provide support or monitor progress. Additionally at this stage, the treatment plan may be shared with the client’s other health care professionals, as per client preference.
Third to Sixth Appointments
Appointments from here are approximately monthly for 30 minutes. At each appointment progress and goals are reviewed, any adjustments are made as necessary and information about the nature of pain, barriers and facilitators to change, self-care, graded exercise, mindfulness, dietary changes are covered. Phone or email check in may be necessary between visits.
At this appointment, a program review and ongoing care for effective pain management and overall well-being is established as needed. Additional appointments can be made at this stage as per client discretion.
Appointment fees are charged at each appointment. Health fund rebates are available with private health cover. Supplements and additional testing costs are clearly outlined as required and agreed upon with the client.
Individual treatment results will depend on the presenting complaint and overall level of health. Most clients see significant improvement over the 6-month program, while others will take longer. The general rule of thumb is the longer you have had a complaint, the longer it will require treatment. Importantly we are not just trying to relieve symptoms, although that is important, the aim is to improve your overall health and make lasting changes. An assessment about progress and expected results will be discussed at the initial appointment and progressively throughout the 6 months, so clients feel able to make informed decisions about their treatment.
Call me on 0400 223 949 to book an initial appointment or book online.