Health Topics: Tips on Pain Management through MDT (One-day Workshop) (HTP101-SU)
Pain in the lower back, knee, shoulder, or elsewhere can seriously affect our daily activities and quality of life. Chronic pain (CP) is especially debilitating and can become a secondary cause of other issues such as locomotive syndrome (the main cause of falls) or psychological conditions such as depression. The subjective nature of pain makes it difficult to describe to those who have little experience of it, but the pain itself is manageable if we learn how to treat ourselves. There is no need to be afraid of your pain.
Most musculoskeletal pain is "mechanical" in origin, meaning that is caused by everyday movements and postures. An orthopedic surgeon will often prescribe analgesics or poultices while explaining that pain is an aging phenomenon and asking that the patient learn to live with it. However, the reality is that most people can learn to treat themselves and improve their condition if taught correctly. Self-treatment empowers us and reduces our dependency on medical intervention.
Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT), better known as the McKenzie method, is a tried and trusted approach practiced by clinicians and patients the world over for common back, neck, and extremity joint problems. MDT is increasingly in demand from professional rehabilitation services that see the advantage of developing self-treatment skills in a cost- and time-effective manner.
At the workshop, we will study the mechanism of pain and its underlying causes. Then we will evaluate our own and our classmates' postures and the relevant pain-causing movements using the MDT method, create a detailed picture of the pain, and practice further to create a personalized rehabilitation method.
Hiroko is the director of Walk 100 Physio pain rehabilitation and treatment center. For ten years she worked at the JCHO Tokyo Shinjuku Medical Center, where she treated a wide range of clinical cases including hemiplegia, spinal cord injury, knee and hip replacement operations, all kinds of fracture and ligament injuries, Parkinson's Disease, COPD, and diabetes education. Prior to that, she treated sports injuries and undertook preventative care for athletes at Konami Sports Club Meguro Aobadai Osteopathic Clinic. She specializes in pain rehabilitation based on MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) techniques, more widely known as the McKenzie Method. Self-care based rehabilitation programs are very effective for those with joint and muscle pain, and MDT is one of the best such treatment methods.
Hiroko also organizes the Tokyo Medical English/Japanese for Healthcare Professionals, a forum for discussion and learning where medical staff from Japan and overseas can interact in English and Japanese for medical purposes.
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