Occupational Therapy Chronic Pain Management Techniques: Evidence-Informed Guide

My Pain Story After two years since my lower back injury involving 2 slipped discs in my lower back, I continued to feel the pain. Despite being an occupational therapist myself, I didn’t think to try “OT’ing myself”. I tried medications, antidepressants that helped some with nerve pain, CBD, physical therapy, chiropractic, rest, walking, not … Read more

Graded Sensory Motor Imagery for Chronic Low Back Pain Occupational Therapy Management

Introduction to GMI Graded motor imagery (GMI) has been used as a treatment for people with chronic low back pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than three months. GMI is thought to work for pain by facilitating cortex reorganization. GMI consists of three stages: Left vs. right discrimination Explicit motor imagery (EMI) Mirror … Read more

CBD for Chronic Pain – Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice 2021

This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through one of these links. Research Human use of cannabis-derived products, including for medicinal use dates back many millennia. Clinical evidence suggests that CBD (cannabidiol) provides therapeutic benefits including analgesia in certain conditions. These therapeutic benefits can improve one’s quality … Read more

Lifestyle Redesign® – Pharmacological Alternative to Chronic Pain Management in Occupational Therapy

Lifestyle Redesign Chronic Pain Occupational Therapy

Introduction In my recent research, I came across an interesting article on the efficacy of CBT for various psychosocial conditions as well as other conditions. Hofmann et al. found inconclusive evidence for CBT chronic pain management. Interestingly, the CDC also recommending alternatives to pharmacological methods for chronic pain including CBT, exercise therapy, intervention treatments, and … Read more