Chronic Pain Treatment Program

At the Bay we recognise that chronic pain is a complex health issue. There are several factors responsible for the development and endurance of chronic pain, including but not limited to, stress and anxiety. We offer a personalised treatment program to manage the effects of your chronic pain, improving quality of life and healing the root cause of the pain where possible, with our holistic treatment approach.

Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Pain

Stress and anxiety can lower your tolerance for pain, increased pain can arouse stress and anxiety, thereby creating an intolerable cycle. In fact, many cases of chronic pain are accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.

To complicate matters, many pharmaceutical pain relief medications are highly addictive and those who have significant pain due to surgery or other physical circumstances, can easily and unexpectedly find themselves dependent and addicted.

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Our Holistic Approach to Chronic Pain

We offer a truly holistic approach to dealing with chronic pain. Using a combination of medicine, psychotherapy, physiotherapy, naturopathy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, Feldenkrais, and other proven therapies we treat all aspects of your condition:

  • Psychotherapy addresses the stress and anxiety that accompanies your chronic pain.
  • Physiotherapy sessions are carried out by a pain specialist to increase movement and function.
  • Inflammation is addressed through your diet by decreasing inflammatory foods and increasing anti-inflammatory foods and supplementation to promote ahealthy nervous system.
  • Meditation, mindfulness practice and medical chi kung gentle exercises are tailored specifically for you, using physical movement, breathing methods and mental intention to correct and restore function in the body and promote healing for your whole being: body, mind, soul.
  • A good night’s sleep is crucial for effectively treating chronic pain and its associated anxiety. We set clear goals for improving sleep hygiene and employ proven relaxation techniques that you can continue to use when you return home.

Detoxing from Pain Medications

If you have become dependent on pain medication (such as Buprenorphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Morphine, Methadone) we can provide the most comfortable and supervised detox possible. Our managed prescription drug detox ensures that your withdrawal symptoms are monitored consistently and the detox adjusted for your minimal discomfort. Read more about our detox and treatment program for prescription drugs and pain medication.

Want to know more about our Chronic Pain Treatment Program? Please contact us on +61 2 6684 4240 (Australia) or +1 310 220 0352 (USA) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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