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AFTER THE PROGRAMME
RealHealth offer 2 types of combined physical and psychological programmes (CPPs) - Functional Restoration Programmes (FRP) and Pain Management Programmes (PMP). These programmes are residential and are aimed at improving function and quality of life and are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team at a treatment centre in the West Midlands. The programmes offer treatment for people with persistent pain, including low back pain. Both the FRP and PMP offer a combined physical and psychological approach but differ in timescale. RealHealth is recognised by most major private health insurers.
- We look forward to receiving your referrals and these can be sent through to RealHealth at Smile House, 2 East Union Street, Rugby CV22 6AJ. This can be sent either by post or by Fax to 02476 996884 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Medical information is required and this is usually in the form of a Consultant referral or report but can be GP records or a case management report
- Our clinical team will review the medical information supplied and advise whether a physiotherapy assessment or a joint physiotherapy/psychological assessment is required.
- The assessment appointment is normally arranged directly with the patient referred for treatment. A confirmation letter is sent together with further programme information.
- An assessment report will detail our treatment recommendation, including which programme would be most suitable. If our programmes are not considered to be appropriate at the time then we would aim to suggest alternatives.
- Our programmes run on a regular basis and we try to organise for individuals to attend as soon as appropriate for them
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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT FUNCTIONAL RESTORATION
- A Functional Restoration Programme (FRP) is a psychologically-based rehabilitative treatment for people with persistent pain which remains unresolved by other treatments currently available. It addresses both physical issues (typically stiffness, reduced range of movement, reduced strength, reduced function and poor general fitness) as well as psychological issues (such as fear of movement, unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours around pain, low mood, poor self-efficacy) using a cognitive behavioural approach. The treatment is based around the scientifically well-established biopsychosocial framework, which addresses the complex dynamic interaction between biomedical, psychological and social factors in the experience of pain.
- The aim of a Functional Restoration Programme, in accordance with the biopsychosocial approach, is to help persistent pain sufferers to better manage and cope with pain symptoms through learning and applying strategies relating to exercise and movement, relaxation, pacing, sleep management, stress management and managing flare-ups. It is to help them to improve their function despite pain.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PAIN MANAGEMENT
- Chronic or persistent pain can best be understood through the scientifically well-established biopsychosocial framework. In essence, this means that there is a complex dynamic interaction between biomedical, psychological and social factors in the experience of pain. As such, physiological and musculoskeletal processes and symptoms can be compounded by understandable psychological distress and vice versa. We would emphasise that chronic pain is a medically recognised condition that causes a great deal of suffering, and many people find that it impacts significantly on their lives. Patients who are referred to us have usually experienced a wide range of medical interventions, with little or no relief from their pain.
- A Pain Management Programme (PMP) is a psychologically-based rehabilitative treatment for people with chronic pain which remains unresolved by other treatments currently available. It is delivered in a group setting by an interdisciplinary team of experienced health care professionals working closely with patients. The aim of a pain management programme, in accordance with the biopsychosocial approach, is to help chronic pain sufferers to better manage and cope with pain symptoms through learning and applying strategies relating to exercise and movement, relaxation, pacing, challenging unhelpful patterns of thinking, sleep management, communication, stress management and managing flare-ups. Chronic pain, by its nature is usually an indefinite or permanent condition that requires longer-term adjustments to the patient's quality of life. As such, an outright "cure" is seen to be unrealistic.