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Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Take control of your pain

Pain can invade our everyday lives and limit the things we love to do. Here at Active Health Clinic, we pride ourselves on the rehabilitation of fibromyalgia, chronic pain and a range of other conditions that are seen as ‘too hard’ or don’t fall into a traditional category or treatment approach.

Our tailored and individual programs are designed for you to manage your condition and progress towards your goals. We teach you guidelines, not rules, which you can follow for the rest of your life. Unfortunately there are no 'quick fixes' for fibromyalgia or chronic pain, however, research shows that a combination of the treatments we practise has been shown to provide significant improvements in your symptoms and function.

Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

Fibromyalgia is a chronic musculoskeletal syndrome characterised by 'tender points' which are very sensitive to pressure but without inflammation. Pain is mostly widespread throughout the body, however, in some cases, it may be localised. Other symptoms may include stiffness, weakness, headaches, sensitivity to cold, physical and mental fatigue, cognitive, sleep and bowel disturbances as well as mood alterations.

Chronic pain is pain which has been experienced for more than 3 months. Chronic pain will often be the diagnosis, not fibromyalgia, if the pain is localised or is a symptom rather than a sole medical condition. One in 5 Australians experiences chronic pain to a level which significantly affects their life.

Program background

Active Health Clinic first started managing pain when we noticed many of our clients had chronic pain with their fatigue. Our clients with chronic pain responded well to our graded exercise therapy program, which we had used with chronic fatigue syndrome clients. Over time, and with more research into pain conditions, we developed more interest in treating these people who once were in the 'too hard basket'. Their exceptional responses to the exercise program were exciting and encouraged our development of our pain program. Cutting edge research into central sensitisation and the treatment of pain, as well as our own personal experience with pain, led us to believe that pain can be treated, not just managed, with appropriate care and time. Seeing our clients' success grows our passion for helping you win the fight against pain, too.

Our program

Our rehabilitation program consists of 10-15 one-on-one, personalised sessions over 6-12 months. The sessions are aimed at helping you develop tools to treat your pain and help you manage it on your own, saving you money and time that might otherwise be spent on unnecessary treatment.

The program covers:

  • Sensitisation and pain education

  • Planning, implementing and troubleshooting strategies for pain

  • Activity pacing and stabilising

  • Relaxation and mindfulness practices

  • Goal setting

  • Setting up a safe exercise routine

  • Sleep physiology and hygiene

  • Strength training and stretching to improve muscle weaknesses, without symptoms (if applicable)

Our program aims to help you have a ‘normal day’ or return to work or school, without increasing your symptoms. We give you the skills to deal with any future problems and provide you with a therapy manual.

See our Testimonials page to hear from those who have experienced our program for themselves.

Cost and questions

For program costs and rebates available, please see our Fees and Rebates page.

Do I need a referral? What if I can't get to your clinic? Please visit our FAQ page for answers to these and other questions about our programs.

Can I exercise if I’m already in pain?

Yes, "motion is lotion".

Exercise can be a confronting idea when you already have significant pain, however, exercise is one of the key rehabilitation tools for fibromyalgia and chronic pain. It's essential to exercise with care and under the supervision of an experienced practitioner who can guide you, allowing you to move without having more pain. We will work out the exercise type and load most appropriate for you based on your current symptoms, ability to move and history. For some people, exercise may include functional activities, such as showering, cooking or light chores. You'll be able to increase your exercise gradually, giving your body enough time to adapt and manage any symptom triggers.

Physical activity is very important for people with fibromyalgia or chronic pain, to manage and reduce pain, to avoid deconditioning and getting worse, and to reduce the risk of general health problems, such as diabetes, weight gain or cardiovascular disease. In the program, we will focus on your specific pain to make sure exercise doesn't make you feel worse but helps you move and function well, and improves your health and wellbeing.

Our graded exercise therapy program provides you with a holistic approach. This means we will work out an appropriate exercise baseline and progressions, and also teach you about exercise types and postures, your environment, the pacing of day-to-day activities, sleep, nutrition, and stress and anxiety management. Exercise may be the most beneficial tool to help you recover, but can't reach its maximum potential without the accompanying tools of the therapy.

Time to get on top of your pain?