"Tame Your Pain"
Here's how we can bring balance back to your life
Join Our Pain Biology Education Group for Chronic or Persistent Pain
When chronic pain persists, it can change your life. You might go out less, do less, you might think "I'll never be able to do the things I really want or have to do" and over time, you might feel very worried, even depressed.
Pain Scientists have discovered that your thoughts, feelings and actions, can affect the production of pain. We also understand when there is no identifiable cause or injury to explain why you are suffering, that persistent pain is the combination of complex nervous system changes. We like to think of this as an "overprotective nervous system".
If you are living with persistent pain you might feel isolated and misunderstood. In fact, living with a persistent pain issue is more common than you probably think. We understand that in Rural Australia about 1 in 4 people live with a persistent pain issue and that includes us in Northern Tasmania.
At In-Balance we have a team of health professionals who are committed to keeping up to date with the latest research into pain neuroscience and how to effectively support you when you are living with chronic or persistent pain.
Our group education facilitators have worked both individually and together, within the Northern Tasmanian community delivering Pain Education outreach programs and are Local Pain Educators involved with the Pain Revolution organisation.
Our aim, in the first instance, is to improve your functioning despite your pain. In many instances pain can and will reduce as you gain a better understanding of pain. It is well understood learning about pain whilst re training an overprotective nervous system is an effective treatment approach, particularly when information is facilitated in a group context where there is a shared experience.
"Tame Your Pain" content is aligned with contemporary pain biology neuroscience and draws from the research and development of the NOI (Neuro Orthopaedic Institute) Group who are among the movers and shakers of pain science and education for health advocates.
The "Tame your Pain" content should be viewed as an introduction to key pain biology concepts if your pain is failing to improve and you have been suffering pain for longer than 3 months.
Our program is responsive and able to cater for small numbers, creating a more intimate and non threatening environment with no lengthy wait lists. You can feel confident when participating, that the information will be easily understood and your views will be heard.
Groups are conducted at various times throughout the year. To find out when the next group will be running please call our helpful admin team on 63344766 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need a referral from my doctor or specialist to attend the Pain Group Program?
If you are suffering Persistent Pain due to a work related injury or as a result of a Motor vehicle accident you will need to obtain a referral to the program from your GP.
If you are a Private patient you do not need a referral to the program from your GP however we encourage our clients to discuss participation in the program with their GP so that we can better formulate a comprehensive management program which keeps all of your treating practitioners in the loop.
How long is the Pain Group Program and what should I expect?
The Pain Education group runs for 4 weeks. Prior to commencing you will be contacted and asked to complete any necessary paperwork.
At the end of the 4 weeks a report may be compiled for your referring GP, Specialist, Case Manager or Rehabilitation Provider as to your progress and any further recommendations.
What conditions are appropriate for someone to attend?
There are many conditions that can contribute to someone developing a persistent pain condition.
Below are just a few of the more common ones.
Your Pain Educators
"Knowledge is the key to unlocking your ability to tackle your pain effectively and offers hope for a way forward "
Lil is an occupational therapist with demonstrated experience in pain biology education and persistent pain management assistance, based on biopsychosocial formulations of pain and neuro-immune science. Lil believes pain is treatable. With Lil's extensive experience as a mental health service provider, patients are empowered through self awareness, education and skill development, to navigate the recovery journey. Lil has a Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) from the University of Sydney.
"Understanding the brain and nervous system removes some of the fear around persistent pain which can stop people reaching their goals "
Tanushka understands the importance of encouraging life balance and wellbeing throughout the rehabilitation journey. She believes that treating persistent pain requires more than just a focus on an injury or painful area of the body. Tanushka implements Pilates, breath and postural awareness during exercise to encourage her patients to achieve success in reaching their meaningful activity goals. Tanushka is a local pain educator with the NOI Group's Pain Revolution