Chronic Pain

Do you suffer with pain that has lasted for months or even years?

Is it impacting your quality of life and making you miss out on the things you love to do?

If this sounds like you then you are not alone. Around 15.5 million people in England suffer with chronic pain.

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is any type of pain that has lasted for 3 months or longer (sometimes years). This is in contrast to ‘acute pain’, which tends to resolve within days, weeks or a couple of months, but no longer.

An example of acute pain would be a simple muscle strain or skin cut that clears up in days to weeks, whereas something like back pain that has lasted for 6 months or more would be an example of chronic pain. 

What are the Symptoms of Chronic Pain?

Persistent pain that varies in nature (dull, aching, burning).

Pain that varies in intensity throughout the day or with certain movements.

Reduced mobility and stiff joints.

Low mood

Poor quality sleep

Lack of energy and drive

Affecting quality of life:

reduced participation in activities

struggle with daily activities like housework

struggle with the demands of work

Can cause anxiety and depression

Reliance on painkillers

What causes Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is sometimes very hard to attribute to any one cause. Sometimes it can result from long term illness such as arthritis or cancer that causes ongoing pain.

Injuries can also cause changes to your body and nervous system that make you more susceptible to experiencing ongoing pain.

Take back pain for example, often the initial injury that causes pain such as a muscle or ligament strain will heal within weeks or months but the pain will still persist.

This is thought to be the result of an overreaction by the nervous system which causes it to be on high alert, and as a result react to stimulus that shouldn’t normally cause pain.

Some people experience chronic pain that isn’t the result of injury or illness, but rather caused by stress, anxiety and depression. In these people there is thought to be a link between low levels of endorphins (feel good chemicals) that are caused by such conditions, and pain.

In most cases chronic pain is the result of several factors. As a result, patients need to be assessed and treated holistically, which includes a full history of their life in order to form the best treatment plan for them. 

How do we treat chronic pain?

One of the main goals with physiotherapy here at JL PhysioFit is to better understand your body and how exactly the problem is affecting you, and showing up in your life.

Our physiotherapists are highly trained movement experts who are able to diagnose physical problems and treat underlying poor mechanics and muscle imbalances surrounding those problems.

We use our 4-step system to do this, which ensures you have the best possible chance of getting better and the problem not returning in future. 

1) Assess

First we listen and take a detailed history of your pain and problem.

Then we assess your body using simple movement tests and screens. We then explain our findings in an easy-to-understand manner along with the proposed treatment plan of exactly what we need to do to get you better.

2) Mobilise

We then begin treatment. This usually involves a combination of hands-on techniques as outlined below to help improve joint stiffness, decrease pain and improve muscle and nerve tension.

Soft tissue massage and mobilisation

Joint mobilisation

Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Muscle Energy Techniques


Advice around lifestyle, posture and ergonomics.

We begin to build your exercise rehab programme ensuring it fits around your life and is not overwhelming.

3) Strengthen

Once pain has begun to settle and we are moving in the right direction, the emphasis shifts to helping you build the necessary strength and resilience of muscles and joints in order to get those long-lasting results.

We work with you 1:1 in our dedicated rehab space and/or start you in our group PhysioFit Pilates classes. 

4) Optimise

Now that you are well on your way to being pain free, we show you how to build on these results. Many of our clients choose to start our Physio Led Pilates classes which are an excellent way to stay consistent with your exercises and to keep you on track going forwards.

Note: Most people don’t need scans but if during the assessment or subsequent treatment sessions we decide your condition does need further investigation like an X-ray or MRI, we have the facilities to refer you privately if you wish. Usually, we can get this organised and have a result within 3-5 days. 

How do I get started?

If you are ready to take back control of your life and want our help then you can book in either by phoning the main desk on 0191 814 9717, or using our easy online booking system by clicking here and selecting the ‘Physiotherapy Assessment/First Appointment’ option at a day and time that suits you. You will usually be offered an appointment within 48 hours.

Like to speak to someone first?

No problem, please call the main desk and if needed we can have a physio call you back to discuss your specific situation. 


What Our Clients Say

Paul Scrafton
Paul Scrafton
Physio linked to additional stretches/exercises and Pilates at JL Physiofit have improved my core strength and flexibility.
Rebecca Lowes
Rebecca Lowes
Michael helped me with leg pain leading up to my first half marathon. I ended up running the whole distance with no pain and was able to enjoy the experience by taking his advice and getting treatment the week before the big run. Would recommend to anyone.
Neil Taylor
Neil Taylor
Hi , i have had individual physiotherapy by Bev for my back and feet (plantar fascia )and have subsequently been able to join a beginners Pilate class run by Bev . The class is demanding , enjoyable and appropriate to my physical capability.
Alison Bailey
Alison Bailey
I thoroughly enjoyed my Pilates class this morning. I found my teacher to be very thorough, aware of each pupils ability and very encouraging. Highly recommended. Thank you .
Sharon Oldroyd
Sharon Oldroyd
Started treatment in September 2022 after hospital appointments with consultant and scans on my left knee. I booked to see Michael as I was having major pain/grinding noise and unable to do exercise or even walk up/down the stairs properly. He assessed my mobility and strength and developed a tailored, gradual rehab program that has helped me to build strength and confidence in my knee as well as helping me slowly get back into exercising. It's made a vast difference working with Michael as I'm not an easy person to work with and always push myself too far. All my exercises were shared via email and accessible via an app. Now I'm exercising 5 times a week, spinning, strength, cardio, HIIT, rowing and running (I can finally use my home gym). Thank you for your patience and understanding my needs. Would highly recommend Michael and JL PhysioFit.
Diana Robertson
Diana Robertson
I am really enjoying beginners Pilates and feel like I have made good progress. The trainers are very good and it is a positive low-key atmosphere and everyone is friendly and welcoming.
Julie Tough
Julie Tough
Enjoying this physio type class, definitely feeling the benefit.
Moira Luccock
Moira Luccock
Good class today with Michael. Well taught by Michael with options to suit our abilities. Stretching so feel I have progressed. Light hearted banter too - what more could you want! Moira
Lesley Hughes
Lesley Hughes
Good team that listen to what clients have to say before doing each Pilates class, so if you have a niggle they work with it. Exercises are testing but doable, even if at the time you are not sure about it, and if you can't then they come up with a variation for you to do. Friendly classes and staff.
Nick Winslow
Nick Winslow
I attend pilates regularly and cannot overstate how much I value the advice ,motivation,and fun this provides.There is a real rewarding sense of progression.JL himself is my usual instructor ,but the entire team have an infectious enthusiasm that fosters self improvement.
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