Chronic Musculoskeletal injury pain

Do you have an old sporting or work injury that has healed – but was just never the same again? It’s a common complaint that we hear here at Vibe Natural Health. Our integrated team is highly experienced in assisting with Chronic Musculoskeletal injury pain.

Chronic or persistent injury pain is common, and the causes are multi-factorial. Some will resolve quickly, and little is required besides routine Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (R.I.C.E) and acute medical care and advice.

Your injury pain is considered chronic after more than three months or after the tissues affected have healed. This presents complex therapeutic challenges.

Persistent injury pain, when an injury is still painful after initial trauma has healed

Optimal management, especially for patients with associated pain factors, requires an integrative approach. With a multidisciplinary team approach, we simultaneously address the physical condition. We treat externally or at the site of the pain and upstream at a cellular level. In this way, the underlying psychological processes and the social and emotional aspects of the injury and all contributing factors on the patient are treated.

How we treat persistent injury pain

Manual therapy is one of the oldest and most consistent treatments in medicine. It encompasses all forms of massage, mobilisation, manipulation and traction. Benefits include reduction in oedema and spasm, and improved flexibility and range of joint motion, as well as psychological effects.

Because chronic pain from Musculoskeletal injuries is common, we approach chronic injury pain a little differently to get results by looking at the whole person. What are your genetics (family history)? Medical history from birth up to and beyond when the injury occurred? Any lifestyle factors that may be contributing? Are you getting enough nutrients for your needs through diet?

With these questions, and many more answered, we can see the full picture of what the real causes of your pain are. Knowing this, we can create a treatment plan for you that will have the best possible outcome.

The medical literature is overwhelmingly positive that a team-care approach is the best approach for chronic pain. Coexisting conditions such as depression and drug dependence are treated at the same time as the injury. By treating all factors that contribute to the pain, we make gradual improvements. This approach can help reduce medication and therapy over the long term.

Naturopath or Sports Nutritionist approach to chronic pain

We look at the body as a whole, not only do we ensure you are getting enough macro nutrients (eg protein, fat and carbohydrates) we also focus on micronutrients (eg vitamins, minerals, antioxidants) we ensure you are digesting and utilising them efficiently. Other lifestyle factors could be contributing to your results during training. We have access to software that analyses your diet, giving you a visual insight into your macro and micronutirent intake. This detailed report gives us the data we need to improve your diet to help you perform at your best and recover faster.

Osteopathy can Help Sports Injury and Aid Performance

Physical activity is the body’s main purpose of function, maintaining cardiovascular health, respiratory efficiency, muscle and mental health. However whether you are running, cycling, swimming, pushing, pulling, lifting or jumping each action puts demands on our body. If these demands mount up they can lead to sports injury or decreased performance. Common sports related injuries include:

  • Muscle strain or tear
  • Achillies tendon tear
  • Ankle and shoulder ligament strain
  • Joint damage or fracture
  • Spinal intervertebral disc bulge
  • Nerve compression and irritation

Most musculoskeletal pains are related to an area of weakness, or joints that are too mobile, or unstable.

Chiropractic for injury pain

Chiropractic is a well know treatment used to restore balance and promote healthy function of the body’s musculoskeletal and nervous system.

It may help to ease:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Tight muscles
  • Pregnancy related symptoms
  • Assist babies & toddlers
  • Assist school aged children

Sports Massage for Chronic Musculoskeletal injury pain

Exercise and sport are fantastic for health and fitness, but unless we stretch the muscles out with regular stretching, yoga or pilates, the muscles can be toned, but very tight. This tightness if left untreated can lead to sports injuries, muscle pain and weakness in opposing muscle groups.

Benefits of Sports Massage:

  • Reduce the chance of injury by relaxing tight muscles
  • Improve power and performance by increasing range of motion in muscles and joints
  • Shorten recovery time between workouts/ training sessions
  • Increase blood flow and nutrients to muscles
  • Enhance the body’s repair and recovery process after exercise
  • Improve flexibility
  • May extend the life of your sporting career
  • Decrease performance anxiety, focus on the game, not the pain

Acupuncture for Chronic Musculoskeletal injury pain

In Chinese medicine diagnosis focuses on the root of the problem, rather than merely symptoms of the problem. By using the diagnostic tools of an in-depth consultation, pulse, tongue and palpation, we can assess any underlying imbalances and develop a treatment plan specific to your body’s needs. Then by using acupuncture, cupping, moxa and other healing methods, we re-balance your body.

Over time, if acute injuries are ignored or mistreated, the body’s energy levels are broken down and usually lead to worse injuries or additional injuries in the surrounding tissues. As the body’s internal recovery system is weakened, it exposes the entire body to potential injury. Acupuncture encourages the body to heal itself by tonifying underlying deficiencies, such as Qi and blood, which facilitates natural healing of the body to maximise recovery.

“Acupuncture is an effective, safe and cost-effective treatment for numerous types of acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture should be recommended as a first line treatment for pain before opiates are prescribed and may reduce opioid use.”

Acupuncture Today, 2018.