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Phil Austin

PhD (Pain Med), MSc (Pain Mgmnt), Bsc Osteopathy (Hons), PG Dip (Osteopathy)

Meet Elevate’s Osteopath, Dr Phil Austin. Phil’s key areas of expertise are in treating muscular-skeletal pain conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain, tension headaches and frozen shoulder. Phil has a PhD in Pain Management and offers treatment and information to get your pain under control.

Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. This is in contrast to acute pain which is a normal response to an immediate injury. According to the Australian Pain Society, 1 in 5 Australians experience chronic pain. The causes of chronic pain may be from both physiological and psychological disruptions.

Often chronic pain arises from numerous health and lifestyle factors, such as past injuries or infections the body may have never fully recovered from. Common sources of pain include head, neck, shoulder, sinus, lower back, nerve, and lower abdominal pain. Pain can affect the soft tissue, joints, muscles, and nerves.
Given that chronic pain is widespread and overlaps across several body systems, it is important to seek help from a qualified practitioner who is able to address your chronic pain from a holistic perspective.

Osteopaths are trained to understand the interaction between soft connective tissue, musculature, skeletal, and neural structures. Osteopaths uphold the view that the body functions as a whole unit and requires all systems to be in sync for optimal health and wellness. Osteopaths are trained to locate the root cause of the problem, rather than focus on the ‘branching’ symptoms. Sometimes the cause of pain may not be located where the pain is being experienced. Pain can often be referred to other parts of the body via the interactions between the complex fascial and nervous system. Osteopaths have an in-depth understanding of the mind-body connection and aim to restore balance and function by addressing all aspects related to human health.

Several lifestyle factors can be adjusted with regards to managing chronic pain effectively. Deep breathing and meditation help the body to relax, which may ease pain by reducing nerve pain signals tension in tight muscles.

Stress, anxiety, and negative emotions can intensify pain signals and increase the body’s sensitivity to pain. Learning to take control and reducing stress levels can help to provide relief from chronic pain.

Natural endorphin’s, such as those produced from exercise, help to improve mood and block pain signals—a two for one deal! Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue decrease the body’s production of natural pain killers. In fact, negative feelings may even amplify the body’s production of pain promoting substances! There is evidence to suggest immune function decreases during periods of high stress and emotional upset. It is here where the mind-body connection to chronic pain become evident.

Cut back on alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. Cutting back or cutting out these substances can drastically improve your quality of life and aid in the management of chronic pain. Get a massage to reduce tension, boost circulation, and promote relaxation.

Eat a healthy diet. This is pivotal to anyone who wishes to achieve optimal health and wellness. As the saying goes ‘you are what you eat’ so fill your diet with nutrient dense, vitamin and mineral packed, fresh whole foods that will help to support the biochemical processes in your body and promote a healthy detoxification system.

Living with chronic pain can affect all aspects of your life: social, family, personal, and work responsibilities may all become disrupted. Medication provides temporary relief from symptoms but does not address the root cause of your pain issue.

Reasons to choose us:

  • On-Time Guarantee. If we keep you waiting for more than 15 minutes, your appointment is half price
  • Conveniently located in Sydney CBD. Located at Level 2, 8 Spring Street Sydney NSW 2000
  • Extended Hours. Open 7am-7pm Monday to Friday
  • Claim on the Spot. HICAPS and Medicare Ezy Claim Facilities available

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