Pain is complex. Employees with a strong understanding of pain experience more positive recovery, return to work and pre injury duties outcomes. Empowering employees with pain education can also benefit workplaces by minimising fear avoidance at work and contribute to a reduction in absenteeism.

We understand there are no short cuts with rehabilitation and that most injuries heal as well as they can in 3-6 months but it can’t replace the strength, fitness and flexibility lost during recovery – it is up to the individual to work on that through graded activity, an awareness of pain, a positive mindset and strategies to better manage pain.

With Pain Explained, Employees:

  • Worry less each time they experience pain
  • Visit their doctor less frequently and take fewer days off work
  • Focus less on pain and are less fearful of pain worsening
  • Increase their activity promoting better long term health outcomes

Words such as degeneration, disc bulge and slipped disc can frighten and confuse employees facing rehabilitation. There is good evidence that pathological tendons and muscles can tolerate loads, especially when you gradually increase the loads on them.  Our positive, empowering workshops promote the adage “the only way to get back to normal is by doing normal things”.

Our workshops cover:

  • An understanding of pain and the role deconditioning plays.
  • The negative impacts of an over-reliance on passive coping strategies.
  • The importance of activity despite pain.
  • Common misconceptions around the neuroscience of pain.
  • The difference between good and bad pain and the role external influences can have on the part of the brain that controls pain.
  • Positive pain management strategies such as tailored activity programs as opposed to non-specific home exercise.
  • Working through pain, pain focus and minimising fear avoidance.
  • Awareness of manual handling techniques specific to a workplace.
  • Relatable case studies with group activities to build understanding of pain management.