What Is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is defined as pain that has persisted past its normal healing time frame. This is considered between 3-6 months after onset. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 Australians experience chronic pain and it places considerable psychological, physical and economic burden on sufferers.

Chronic pain is conceptualised within a ‘Biopsychosocial Model’, which describes the complex interaction of psychological factors (such as mood and thoughts), biological factors (such as inflammation and posture) and social factors (such as social support and work environment).

Chronic pain treatment at DMC Health & Wellness

Treatment at the clinic is multi-modal, incorporating a range of physical interventions such as massage, dry needling, gentle joint mobilisation and exercise therapy to reduce physical tension, provide pain relief and restore confidence in one’s body.

In addition, we educate our clients on the role of thoughts, feelings and behaviours when reacting to chronic pain to reduce the associated distress.

The combination of physical and psychological interventions is considered best care for the treatment of Chronic Pain.

Get help for chronic pain

Meet your Chiropractor

David T. McNaughton
BSc. Chiro | M.Chiro | M.Res

PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

Chiropractic Academy of Research Leadership (CARL) Fellow

As a chiropractor, David has a special interest in chronic pain and lower back, neck and shoulder complaints. Treatments are tailored to you.

Whether through postural correction, strengthening muscles or improving co-ordination, these treatments restore confidence in your body and empower you towards a more active lifestyle.

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An excellent resource on chronic pain management is this book:

Nicholas M, Molloy A, Tonkin L, B. L. (2011). Manage your pain. Practical and positive ways of adapting to chronic pain. Sydney: ABC Books

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Chatswood NSW 2067

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