Physical therapies and rehabilitation include a variety of treatments ranging from physiotherapy, exercise programmes both individual and group sessions, and manipulative treatment. Many patients with Chronic Pain become physically 'deconditioned' and benefit from a programme of progressive exercise. Some patients require exercise programmes focussed on strengthening certain body areas such as the back or joints, or programmes aimed at improving posture and physical endurance.
Physical therapies develop, maintain and restore movement and functional ability which may have been reduced by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Such treatment aims to maximize quality of life and movement potential. Psychological, emotional, and social well being are often improved with increasing physical strength.
Such treatment is provided by physiotherapists with specialist knowledge of chronic pain conditions, working alongside the consultant in Pain Medicine.