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Recurrent and long-standing pain

Michael Otto offers a physiotherapy clinic in Exeter for the treatment of chronic and long-standing pain.

When pain from an injury or condition lasts for longer than three months, it is called chronic pain. Pain becomes chronic or recurrent due to the influence of other factors including posture and movement, psychology and sensitisation of the nervous system. 

Otto Physiotherapy provides the most up-to-date treatments for chronic and recurrent pain. Michael draws on research and skills from a variety of relevant fields to ensure that treatment directly addresses the multiple factors that contribute to long-standing pain and facilitate long-lasting recovery. 

Please see the videos below for examples of how these approaches have helped people suffering from chronic pain.

At Otto Physiotherapy, treatment for chronic pain is tailored to each individual. Michael's physiotherapeutic treatments include the use of hands-on physio techniques, Alexander technique, influencing retraining of posture and movement, breathing and relaxation exercises and advances in the understanding of pain. We combine a modern, scientific and holistic approach to physiotherapy.

If you would like help recovering from a painful condition please call to make an appointment.

Further Information About Understanding Pain

Many people suffering from chronic and long-standing pain are under the impression that the cause of their pain is due to tissue damage and change, such as arthritic degeneration of joints or shrinking discs in the spine. The latest research has shown that the link between tissue changes and the experience of long-term pain is weaker than first thought. In fact, many people who meet the criteria for these “conditions” under x-ray or MRI scan report no pain or disability.

References: Fifteen Years of Explaining Pain: The Past, Present, and Future. (2015). Moseley, G. Lorimer et al. The Journal of Pain, Volume 16, Issue 9, 807 – 813. The Sensitization Model to Explain How Chronic Pain Exists Without Tissue Damage. (2012). van Wilgen, C. Paul et al. Pain Management Nursing, Volume 13, Issue 1, 60 - 65

The physiotherapy profession has become a leader in revising and modernising the understanding and treatment of pain. Pain is created by the nervous system (i.e. the brain and nerves). To find out more about the way this happens please watch the video below, from Dr Lorimer Moseley, a physiotherapist, researcher, and pioneer in furthering our understanding of pain.

There are many different conditions such as back pain, sciatica, and arthritis in which people experience chronic pain. To find out more about new approaches to chronic pain please see this video about back pain, from physiotherapist Prof Peter O’Sullivan.