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

I Have Never Been This Excited to Share a Journal Article Before: Fifteen Years of Explaining Pain: The Past, Present, and Future [Critical Review]

Some Context Pain was always this thing that I had some interest in working as an OT in acute rehabilitation but I had so many things to focus on like function. The majority of the patients had a neurological condition such as stroke or TBI so pain often co-occurred with my patients. Much of my … 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.((Bowering KJ, O’Connell NE, Tabor A, et al. The effects of graded motor imagery and its components on chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pain. 2013;14:3-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2012.09.007)) Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer … 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