Integrated Pain Management (IPM) is a treatment approach that seeks to understand the complexity of the individual suffering from chronic pain. It emphasises wellness and the need to heal the whole person. Many individuals suffering with chronic pain end up in a VICIOUS CYCLE.
IPM has become very popular in the USA and usually involves the client working with a team of complementary and general medical practitioners. However Graham uses his range of knowledge, skills and experience learnt in several areas to work, in close partnership with each client.
This “Therapeutic Alliance “ has been proven in research to be a key aspect in obtaining positive outcomes in both physical and psychological therapies. Graham is happy to work alongside GPs and specialists who manage the prescribed medicine needs of the client.
This is a unique programme that is based on using all of the skills at Graham’s disposal to help create change using a Mind & Body approach to your care.
The first session involves a “biopsychosocial” assessment, which takes about 90 minutes. This seeks to understand you as an individual and what might be getting in the way of relieving your pain.
A plan is agreed and you undertake 8 sessions lasting 1 hour.
Sessions will involve treating the elements that may be blocking your path to recovery. There might be a need to help you understand your pain. This is called “pain neuroscience education “ and has been proven to help reduce pain. Sessions could also be used to increase and relax your movement, create exercises tailored to your abilities and needs, look at your thinking and motivations as well as your diet, work and lifestyle.
“Homework” might involve exercising, keeping a diary or listening to relaxation, mindfulness or hypnotherapy recordings sent to you as an MP3 or CD.
Graham uses coaching and motivational interviewing techniques to help you reach your goals.
It can be a challenging process, but by sticking to the task you can open up a whole new range of pain relief possibilities.
As Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) says:
“Struggle is not an option: it is a biological requirement”