Exercise can encompass many aspects of movement including stability, flexibility, strength, power and fitness.
It is important to set some personal performance goals, be it to achieve greater flexibility or more strength or increased fitness – stick to it for 6 weeks minimum. To exercise effectively one must understand their pain/injury and/or body. It is important to stay active and keep moving. Exercise is about attitude. Work on your own mental health and let exercise be a vehicle to allow you to perform better at home, at work, in sport or enjoying outside activities.
Chronic Pain is usually defined as a pain that persists beyond the normal time that tissues take to heal following an injury.
If a pain continues longer than 3-6 months, it is described by pain specialists as “chronic”. The causes of Chronic Pain are not always clear but in some conditions, is thought to be due to the pain signals through the nerve fibres becoming confused. The brain is then unable to understand the signals properly. The longer one experiences pain, the more likely the nerve receptors will become sensitized to it. This heightens the body’s reaction to pain, often making it more severe and more difficult to treat. Chronic Pain can affect any part of the body and people of any age, including children. In light of this, the emphasis of treating people with persistent pain may shift more to understanding and managing the condition and minimising its impact on your life, rather than finding an immediate cure.
One of the most effective ways to improve function, mood and ability is to use a multidisciplinary (or interdisciplinary) pain management approach, embracing a combination of medical, physical and psychological therapies. This bio-psycho-social approach aims to address all the factors that influence the pain experience. My interventions often work best in collaboration with these other supporting therapies (if required) and aim to assist you achieve realistic goals such as being able to return to work, return to a gym or Pilates program, walk the dog, bend down to play with your kids or grandkids or simply enjoy an outing or a holiday.
Natalie will foster a safe, professional, caring and motivating environment where the focus is on CAN not CAN’T. There is always a safe way to move. Even if it’s just learning to breathe and activate muscles in isolation. One movement always leads to another and with pacing and repetition and belief, you will see improvements in your body and mind and attitude.
“Once your body and mind know it is safe to do a movement, you will become more confident in your abilities and with that feel more empowered to keep going! This is my goal and I am here to help you achieve yours step by step” – Natalie Simon