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Role of Physiotherapy in Chronic Pain Management

Role of Physiotherapy in Chronic Pain Management

16/12/2021 Blog

Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists for 3 months or longer. For many, chronic pain can have detrimental effects on their daily life. It can lead to limited functional ability, physical decline and psychological distress.

Physiotherapy can play an essential role in the management of chronic pain as it allows you to understand the dysfunction and limitations that come from it.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a part of healthcare management that helps in restoring functionality and mobility when an individual suffers from an injury or illness. It is widely used to address various bone, joint and muscular issues. Physiotherapy works by reversing the damage to the affected area and rebuilding function, movement and strength.

Why is physiotherapy Important?

Nowadays, majority of health issues emerge from poor lifestyles and unhealthy habits. Moreover, with the COVID-19 pandemic confining people to their homes, chronic pain issues are on the rise because of lack of physical activity and more time being spent in front of computers. Physiotherapy is important for managing chronic pain and helping individuals lead a healthy life.

Role of Physiotherapy in Chronic Pain Management

Physiotherapy uses a combination of treatment options, often tailored to suit the needs and issues of each patient. Here are some ways physiotherapy can help you:

  1. Patient Education.
    Increasing the patient’s understanding of their condition is an essential step in pain management. A physiotherapist also educates the patient on using the correct equipment and wearing the right shoes, among other things.
  2. Exercise Therapy.
    Often, people suffering from chronic pain prevent participating in physical activities due to fear of worsening symptoms. Physiotherapists can advise them on exercises and stretches that are pain-free and focused on improving posture and strength.
  3. Manual Therapy.
    With limited movements due to chronic pain, joints can become stiff. A physiotherapist can help patients to restore movement by manipulating and mobilising their joints.
  4. Soft Tissue Treatments.
    Depending on the patient’s condition, a physiotherapist may perform massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release to desensitise the area of pain.
  5. Cognitive Behaviour Treatment.
    Specialized physiotherapists use cognitive therapy and pain management approaches to manage chronic pain.
  6. Electrotherapy.
    Electrotherapy is highly effective in relieving short-term as well as chronic pain.
  7. Heat & Cold Therapy.
    Heat and cold can help to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, promote tissue healing and improve flexibility. However, if done incorrectly, they can also worsen pain and delay recovery time. A physiotherapist can help patients determine the appropriate treatment for their condition.

Book a physiotherapy session with FCBS Dubai.

Working with a physiotherapist can allow you to get your symptoms treated in a holistic manner. At FCBS Dubai, we have a team of specialists who set specific achievable goals with the patients to suit their lifestyles. We ensure providing utmost care to the condition and wellbeing of our patients while assisting them on their road to recovery.

To know more about our physiotherapy services, call us on +971 4 3255481 or email us at