When your pain is chronic, it takes a tremendous toll on you. It may influence your mobility, your capacity to work, and your control over your daily activities.
Determining how to alleviate your chronic pain must be a careful and individualized process. A one-size-fits-all solution isn’t effective; you and your medical team need to work together to find a personalized treatment plan that best addresses your unique symptoms and long-term goals.
The Len Cerullo Method is a holistic approach to pain management that combines varied treatment options customized to your needs, including pilates, acupuncture, and nutrition guidance. Dr. Cerullo often recommends occupational therapy as part of a comprehensive pain management plan.
“Occupational therapy is valuable because it empowers patients to take an active role in understanding their own pain, developing problem-solving techniques, and setting and achieving recovery goals,” says Dr. Cerullo. “We work with patients to increase their strength and stamina through gentle exercises, and we also teach skills and strategies to manage their pain.”
Through occupational therapy with a trained professional, you’ll learn techniques such as how to:
- Control pain safely and proactively through modalities such as heat and cold
- Perform basic activities using movements that reduce or prevent strain on the body
- Use exercise, mediation, or relaxation practices at home
- Pace activities by asking for help, taking breaks, or changing how you perform an action
- Improve communication skills to educate others about your chronic pain
- Anticipate potential problems and plan for challenges
Occupational therapy gives you the knowledge and tools you need to lead a fuller and more active life. Your occupational therapist supports your personal objectives and helps you work toward them, adapting each task or environment to meet you where you are.
“The patient always plays a central role in their own occupational therapy plan,” says Dr. Cerullo. “Whether their goal is to eat without assistance or get back to work, the patient is key in setting the course of action.”
Learn more about The Len Cerullo Method’s holistic approach to pain management.