If you are living with ongoing pain, please know that you are not alone. Persistent pain is an invisible condition that, according to the Canadian Pain Task Force 2021 report, impacts 1/5 of Canadians. Pain can impact not only our physical abilities, but also our relationships, mental wellbeing, social wellness, confidence, identity and overall health. Pain is not an imagined condition, and it is not in our heads. All pain is real, and all pain has the potential to change.
I am committed to offering trauma-informed care and education, grounded in modern pain science, to help those living with persistent pain to improve quality of life, reduce fear, and restore joy.
Physiotherapy services can also be beneficial for individuals without pain who may be looking to explore movement, routine building, and/or enhance connection to the body.
At this time, physiotherapy sessions can be booked online for those living in Alberta, and either online or in-person for those living in BC. Online sessions are booked 1:1 via zoom or telephone for either 50 or 30 minutes through the Canmore Counselling Jane website. In-person sessions are available in Duncan, BC.
Group movement classes and education classes are also offered, so keep an eye out for those!
If you have any questions regarding whether or not physiotherapy may be appropriate for you, please reach out.
What we need to understand about pain
1. All pain is real pain. There is no such thing as imagined pain, or pain being in someone's head. All pain is real.
2. In 100% of cases, pain is an output from the brain. Our incredible brains are constantly processing information from our minds, emotions, and all over our bodies to decide if we need to experience pain.
3. Pain's role is to be a protector from anything that our brain processes as dangerous or potentially dangerous. If our brain obtains credible evidence that there may be danger, the result is pain.
4. Everything about who you are matters when it comes to changing your pain.
5. When treatment is directed at changing the pain system (which is controlled by the brain), pain can and does decrease, sometimes quite significantly. The suffering can stop and you can live with an improved quality of life.
6. The process of changing the pain system won't be easy. It requires patience and persistence, courage and commitment.
Adapted from D. Patterson, Pain Solutions, https://www.painsolutions.info/, 2021