Provided by Occupational and Physical Therapy
What is Non-Pharmacological Pain Management?
The use of physical and psychological approaches to prevent, reduce, manage or stop pain sensations, in order to keep children as free of pain as possible without the use of medicine.
The Occupational and/or Physical Therapist uses a variety of non-invasive therapeutic techniques individually designed to meet the needs of the child. These therapeutic techniques may include electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise, relaxation techniques (biofeedback, guided imagery, healing touch, aromatherapy), heat/cold applications, massage and other hands-on treatment. In addition, the therapist works with the child and family to develop a home program to manage the child's pain.
Improve functional mobility
Improve activity level during school, sports, and leisure activities
Improve independence with age-appropriate activities of daily living (ADL)
Return to prior level of function
Improve sleep patterns
Improve self esteem
Who Would Benefit From This Program?
Children with acute or chronic pain
Children with a diagnosis of abdominal pain, headaches, post-surgical pain, complex regional pain syndrome, rheumatoid diseases, musculoskeletal pain and pain related to cancer or sickle cell anemia.
How Do I Get Started?
Discuss your concerns with your pediatrician and obtain a prescription for "Physical or Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Treatment".