Physiotherapy - Pain management

The Pain Management Physiotherapy Team assesses and helps you to manage persistent pain.

We see patients in either small groups or in one-to-one sessions.

Patients are referred to us by consultants, GPs or other physiotherapy teams.
We see patients with a wide range of pain problems including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatic leg pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

How a physiotherapist can help

A Pain Management Physiotherapist can teach you how to manage your pain more effectively. 

They cannot take your pain away but they can help explain the differences between acute and persistent pain and why pain can remain long after normal healing time has passed. 

They help improve your quality of life by addressing some of the problems that occur with pain, for example:

  • Work out the amount of activity and exercise you can do without leading to an increase in pain.
  • Improve general strength and fitness by advising on exercises and stretches
  • Reduce and manage flare-ups of long-term pain
  • Assist return to activities that have been cut down due to pain

The techniques we use have been researched and are successful in treating long-term pain.

They are used in pain management centres all over the world.

If you have already had physiotherapy

Many people have already had physiotherapy with little or no long-term effect.

We will not use hands-on treatments such as mobilisation and manipulation, or machines such as megapulse and ultrasound.

We do sometimes use relaxation techniques, acupuncture and TENS.
The specialist physiotherapist will help you to develop skills to manage your pain, increase your activity levels and prevent flare-ups.

This self-management approach is the most effective way of coping with pain that will not go away.


Some patients may have ongoing medical treatment.

For some, medical treatment may have been stopped because it's not helping.

At this point the self-management approach can be a way of coping.

Everyone with pain finds different ways of coping.

We aim to give you more skills to add to the ones you already use; then you can reduce the impact the pain has on your life. 

People find that a pain management approach helps them to feel more confident in their ability to control their pain.

They are able to carry on with their daily activities more easily and get back to doing things they had given up. 

This result is a more enjoyable and fulfilling life: they are in control of the pain, rather than the pain controlling them.

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