Pain management coaching places the power and strength of healing in the client’s hands. However, many chronic pain sufferers become trapped in the ‘cure me’ mentality. Enabling a person to move forward from this passive mode requires focused attention and this is often more time than our medical and ancillary services can provide. While healthcare providers tend to be directive in their approach at times, the coaching approach is more empowering. This is sometimes described as ‘the missing link’ between pain management and moving forward. This ongoing support and motivation to facilitate change will improve the client’s long-term relationship with their pain.
As a coach, I support and guide clients through a process of discovery, lifestyle adjustments, and goal setting strategies that educate, empower and gives you accountability as you design your own bespoke pain management routine. Clients will become familiar with the benefits of tapping in to your own capabilities and strengths coaching is all about travelling on the client’s journey with them from being a ‘helpless victim of pain,’ to ‘being their own pain manager.’Clients who develop personal confidence in their ability to manage pain are well on the way to healthy and productive lives and a return to rewarding activities.
Living with chronic pain or illness can be very taxing emotionally and mentally on top of the physical pain you’re already dealing with. Coaching in conjunction with your conventional medical treatment can help to control the pain and the emotions that come along with it. Feeling like you’ll never return to your pre-illness self, feeling sorry for yourself, or grieving for who you were before your illness can all cause mental suffering that in turn may increase your physical pain. Working with a coach can help you control your thoughts and behaviour to find a measure of relief.