Chronic pain is pain that goes on consistently for over three months. Chronic pain is not only physical pain; it can cover the pain of grief and loss, depression, fatigue, fears, social interaction with others, loneliness, relationships, illness, sexuality and more.
About 1 in 5 Australians suffer from chronic pain. Almost two-thirds of these people report that their pain interferes with their daily activities. It may affect their sleep, sexual activity, ability to work and carry out daily tasks. It can cause huge emotional distress and lead to mental health problems.
Our society is largely unsupportive and unsympathetic to those that suffer chronic pain. The difficulty with most forms of pain is that an observer cannot see them. So the sufferer lacks credibility and is often judged for being “weak” or a “hypochondriac” or seeking undue attention.
Ilona is aware of and sensitive to all these issues and aspects of the problem. Her treatment goals are to improve the sufferer’s level of functioning, reduce distress and teach strategies to control the pain. Above all, her aim is to enable her clients to lead purposeful and meaningful lives.
Call Ilona today to discuss your particular situation.