Day 39 – pain, Pilates, dinner, repeat.

Day 39 – more pain education, more self directed short Pilates sessions, more dinners with friends.

Did you know that approximately 20% of the community suffers from chronic pain?

That it costs us over $33 billion a year.

It costs the US more than the wars in Irag and Afghanistan combined.

The most effective treatment for chronic pain is usually a combination of education and exercise. For more severe cases this may need to be as part of a multidisciplinary team intensive pain management course. For others it may simply mean learning about pain and how it works and then gradually pacing up their exercise.

Curative monotherapies such as surgery and injections typically don’t work for chronic pain.

This is just another reason why I love Pilates. While it is certainly not the be all end all in chronic pain treatment, when carried out by an excellent instructor Pilates can be used to educate and pace up exercise.

Today I did another short 20 minute Pilates session on my own just before bed.

If you want to learn more about chronic pain, one of the best books around is called Explain Pain by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley.

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About Laura

I am a practising physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor living in Newcastle, Australia. My interests include chronic pain, Pilates for rehabilitation, gymnastics and the brain/mind body connection. I love shopping, skiing and travelling and hate watermelon.
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