we understand chronic pain
If you suffer from chronic pain or persistent pain, you’ve probably been told at some point that you’re supposed to stay as active as possible. However the thought of that can probably make you cringe, especially sometimes, just getting through the day at work or home is hard enough.
This is where we can help. We use our specialist soft tissue therapy skills (we hold the highest qualifications in the local area) and other techniques to reduce your pain and help you learn how to manage your daily life. The treatment we provide is tailored to you, because pain is unique as you are, and successful treatment is all about tailoring a solution to you and your individual needs,
Another very important part of the therapy we offer is your relationship with us. While this might be an “on-again, off-again” relationship depending on when you need help, we work hard to make sure you feel safe and trust us, because an important part of your treatment is you feeling comfortable to talk about your pain with us, and working with us on goal and pace setting. We're not going to talk down to you - you’ve probably had enough of that already from other health professionals, or tell you it’s all “in your head” or to “get on with it” - we want to work with you so that you can get your life back.
We use soft tissue therapy as one of our primary treatment techniques for chronic pain.
What is soft tissue therapy?
Soft tissue therapy is an umbrella term for many different specialist techniques that include:
Deep tissue massage (or sports massage) - this targets spasms and muscle tension that can build up through the day. We’ll use direct pressure, frictions and other advanced techniques to try and release the tension in your soft tissues (that’s your ligaments, tendons and muscles).
Manual therapies like Muscle Energy Techniques and other techniques - which is a hands on treatment where we will look to mobilise your joints that might be stiff and contributing to your pain.
Kinesiology taping - where a adhesive tape is applied to the skin to help reduce inflammation and change the information that cells in the skin send to the brain, making your brain process information differently and subsequently feel less pain in that area. Taping also offers support and even posture or joint alignment correction which might be contributing to your pain.
We’ll also send you away with a variety of guided stretches to carry out at home, depending on what is causing your pain. We can advise on sports that might help, and how you can make changes at home so that you can be more active. This is part of the physical “self-care” aspect of physical therapy, because it’s really important you stay active.
Why is it important to stay active with chronic pain or persistent pain?
People with chronic pain or persistent pain often find themselves trapped in a cycle of shying away from certain activities because they cause pain. This can spread to more and more activities, and this in turn leads to inactivity.
As a result of inactivity, strength, endurance and range of motion reduce (the old “use it or lose it”) and that can affect your overall sense of wellbeing and confidence. As you become weaker, you become more susceptible to injury….and the cycle continues.
Chronic pain also has a psychological effect. The anger, anxiety and panic that can come from being in pain often leads to social isolation; after all, if you’re angry and upset and hurting, the last thing you want to do is go outside, let alone socialise. This can lead to low mood and feeling depressed or down, which - somewhat unfairly - leads to an increased perception of pain (if you’re depressed, you actually feel pain more, it’s been proved by science!)
Vic at State 11 specialises in treating chronic pain and helping you think differently about your pain, by using the information and proof from pain science studies, reframing techniques and, if required, a variety of guided medication techniques. It might seem a little strange, but her techniques have helped people who have suffered with long term chronic pain and can help you too.
We know that people in chronic pain are often promised miracle cures and ripped off, and that once this has happened to you, it’s easy to feel mistrustful and cynical about whether anyone can help you. We get really angry when we hear of people with conditions like fibromyalgia being taken advantage of by cynical therapists booking tens of appointments at a cost of hundreds of pounds.
We understand your concerns so we’d invite you to read our reviews on Facebook and Google, and if you’d like to, give Vic or Greg a call on 07788287098 to have a chat about your condition. We only want you to come and see us if you feel comfortable!
Today’s pain doesn’t have to be tomorrow’s future when you book an appointment with us.