Is it time to address that persistent pain?


“No pain, no gain” is the mantra ingrained into the everyday Kiwi. But how do you identify when pain is good or bad, and what should you do about it? Believe it or not but pain is a good thing! It not only alerts us to a potential site of injury or danger in the body, but it enables us to learn and evolve to prevent reinjury in the future. It motivates us to stay safe and take care of any problems in our body. [1]

In the healthcare sector there are things known as tissue healing timeframes. These are timeframes based on the average length of time certain tissues take to recover following an event or injury. But what happens when your pain or injury does not fit into one of these categories?

Many people struggle day to day with pain, otherwise known as persistent pain. Persistent pain is defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks in duration. Research now suggests as many as one in four people live with persistent pain on a daily basis. [2]

Take for example, ongoing low back pain. It is often more complex than just having a ‘weak core’. How often do you have a back injury and reach for the exercises your Physiotherapist prescribed you for a back-injury years ago? Pain scientists are starting to think differently about pain and its causes [3] It is not a one size fits all model and could be the very reason you are now suffering from persistent pain. We now understand pain is a complicated experience that tends to have strong biopsychosocial, involves other components such as the impact sleep, anxiety, beliefs and fears can have on your pain experience[4]. Until these factors are identified and modified, you might very well continue to live in pain.

That is where Habit’s Pain Management Service becomes effective.

Habit’s Pain Management model represents a world-class integrated service which can deliver a fast and effective pain management service focused on all factors affecting your recovery. Regardless of your geographical location you can receive care from Habits highly skilled and specialist multidisciplinary team across the North Island. The service focuses on providing comprehensive pain management support and education across the full spectrum of healthcare.

Clients will receive a wraparound service which may include:

  • Pain specialists
  • Occupational Medicine Specialists
  • Musculoskeletal Specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Counsellors
  • Dieticians

So what are you waiting for – now is the time to make the positive change and stop that pain interfering with your life once and for all.

We are certain that our team will help you to achieve your goals by providing the right service at the right time, the first time.  

Book into one of our clinics to visit a physiotherapist now.


[1] http://www.retrainpain.org/

[2] https://www.tamethebeast.org/

[3] Butler, D. S., & Moseley, L. S. (2003). Explain pain. Adelaide: Noigroup Publications

[4] Explain Pain