COACHING & PHYSIOTHERAPY
Servicing people in their homes within the inner Melbourne region
NDIS ‘Plan Management Arrangement’
Private Health Insurance
Medicare Care Plan
Much more than physiotherapy, individual pain coaching offers a holistic (psycho-socio-bio) tool-belt full of strategies, skills, practices and knowledge, in order to help clients move forward from pain with confidence and start living life again.
Living with pain can be an overwhelming constant. Too often pain dominates our life and we lose a sense of self, knowing ourselves only from our pain and how it effects us day to day. Through comprehensive pain management and coaching, together we can shift the balance and have ‘life’ in the foreground and ‘pain’ in the background. Although pain may never completely disappear, it is possible to live a full and rewarding life, despite pain.
My emphasis is on befriending the body which for many has been an untrustworthy and often-times scary place to dwell. This is achieved through providing pain education; training body/mind-awareness (in-tuition); practicing mindful movement; and providing bodies with a nutritious movement diet outside of formal exercise. Interestingly, in my years of working with people who have lived with pain for extended periods of time, I have come to understand that the process often involves a great deal of un-learning (of over-adaptive strategies) and reclaiming movement. Using the latest in pain science, I employ a unique embodied movement approach -borrowing inspiration from Feldenkrais, yoga, cognitive functional therapy, mindfulness, and the restorative biomechanist movement.
Some examples of the pain management treatment approach are as follows:
Pain education – the first part of moving forward from pain, is understanding what pain really is. Understanding our pain and aspects of our lives that maintain our pain, offers us great hope, as it opens up a whole pathway of new treatment approaches, allowing us to regain some control of our lives
Cognitive functional therapy - involves the assessment and subsequent unpicking of over-adaptive, protective movement patterns that have developed over the months and years of living with pain. This sets the foundation for feeling safe in your body again and regaining natural, effortless movement
Specific exercises – to target local and regional modulators of the painful area and improve neuromuscular activation and coordination
Enjoyable ‘exercise’ – to progressively build up your tolerance and confidence for movement-based approaches
Graded exposure, graded activity & pacing – applying principles of pain science in order to safely, systematically and gradually re-engage with valued activities
Brain training strategies – modern neuroscience has provided us new ways of approaching pain though our understanding of the brain when we are in pain. We can target the adaptations and changes that occur in ongoing pain states by using particular types of sensory and motor training. For example, desensitisation, proprioceptive and tactile discrimination training
Mindfulness & focused attention training – The practice mindfulness meditation offers a way of relating differently to our pain in such, reducing the emotional aspects of pain, or the distress of pain
Imagery & visualisation – When we simply think about movement, the same areas of the brain become alive as when we actually move. Sports people and musicians have learned to effectively utilise this phenomenon for training. Visualisation plays an important role in modifying our bioplastic brain towards pain’s antidote: a state of safety