When living with chronic pain, the thought of doing exercise or having too much movement throughout the day can be very daunting.
Jordan Miller explores some of the most recent research on movement and chronic pain. He discusses how strategies drawn from behavioral therapy are leading to new developments in physiotherapy to assist people with pain who would like to move more and experience less pain with activities. These strategies may help people with pain do more of the activities that they enjoy.
Understand the science of how movement can reduce pain and increase the amount of activity you are able to perform before experiencing an increase in pain.
To feel comfortable trying new movements and activities to reduce pain and improve your movement.
To apply the principles of graded exposure to gradually increase participation in the activities you would like to do more of.
Jordan Miller MSc PT
Jordan Miller is a registered physiotherapist with an interest in understanding and treating pain. He is currently completing his PhD at McMaster University studying the treatment of persistent non-cancer pain.
Specifically, he is interested in the effectiveness of a treatment strategy that includes teaching people with pain about the physiology of pain and self-management strategies to use that information to increase participation in activities while controlling symptoms. He teaches clinicians about pain in the physiotherapy program at McMaster University and practices clinically at Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre. He is interested in bridging the gap between his research, teaching, and clinical practice using knowledge translation, a process through which information is shared between researchers and knowledge users.