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We pay our respect to the Elders of this land; past, present and future and the significant contribution they have made in shaping the identity of the Fraser Coast and Australia.

Treatments for CRPS are much like CRPS itself, they effect everybody differently; just because it works for one doesn't mean it will work for

another. Do your own research, ask your doctors and specialists what is best for you. 

With chronic pain conditions that involve the whole person, pain management generally requires a combination of treatment options.

  • Pacing
  • ​Relaxation techniques: meditation, yoga, deep breathing
  • Mindfulness
  • Movement and activity
  • ​Coping and pain management skills
  • ​The use of medications
  • ​Medical procedures​​​

Finding the best Pain Management Team to suit your needs, is extremely important.

This is a possible suggestion:

  • ​G. P. with rehabilitation goals
  • ​Pain specialist with rehabilitation goals
  • Physiotherapist with an understanding of CRPS and / or Chronic Pain
  • ​Psychologist with Mindfulness and Meditation appreciation

Presently available treatments in Australia;

  • ​Drug therapies
  1. ​​​Opiates - Medications which reduce pain by acting on opiod receptors to initiate analgesia sedation. They attempt to reduce central nervous system activity, therefore reducing pain.​
  2. ​Narcotics - Also known as Opiods, mask the pain by blocking pain receptors, stopping pain messages to the brain.
  3. ​Antidepressants - Studies have shown that some can alleviate pain, assist with sleep and reduce the headaches often associated with CRPS.
  4. ​Anticonvulsants - Used to try and decrease the random neurons firing, decreasing the burning pain and sensitivity.
  5. ​Muscle Relaxants - Muscle spasm are very common in CRPS and other Chronic Pain conditions.

Always take medication as directed.
Always seek medical advice when starting a new over the counter medication,

to ensure there will be no adverse effects with other medications. 
Never use another persons prescription medication. 

  • ​​Graded Motor Imagery

​​          GMI is a rehabilitation process used to treat pain and movement problems related to nervous system disorders by exercising the brain. It can be             taught by a physiotherapist or pain specialist, or learned independently with the right amount of practice.

  • Mirror Box Therapy

          Although a significant part of Graded Motor Imagery, many people ask about Mirror Box Therapy, how it works and what it is. To put it simply, by             using a mirror you can trick your brain into believing the injured part is okay. It is best to be guided by a clinician who understands brain function.

  • Spinal Cord Stimulator

​          A surgically implanted generator of electrical current to the source of the pain to create a pleasant sensation that in turn blocks the brain's ability             to sense the previously perceived pain.

  • Nerve Block Treatment

​          The type of nerve block a patient might receive depends on the area of the body being affected.

  • Ketamine Infusions

          Ketamine has long been used as an anesthetic, while the first paper that showed the ability to "tame" ketamine was published in 1973. Ketamine             is now widely used to treat therapy-resistant chronic pain syndromes.

The spoon theory is a disability metaphor used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness. Spoons are an intangible unit of measurement used to track how much energy a person has throughout a given day.

Written by Christine Miserandino

P.O. Box 5602. Torquay, Qld. 4655. Ph: 0411 147 367. Email: crps

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The Purple Bucket Foundation Inc. proudly support the ongoing research of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) with donations to CRPS research projects at UniSA / Body in Mind.



CRPS Awareness & Support 

While there is still some debate over the use of hypnosis, meditation and cannabis for the treatment of chronic pain, there can be absolutely no question of their relaxation properties; and with stress being a major precursor for CRPS and Chronic Pain flares, relaxation sounds like a truly beneficial alternative.
Meditation is proclaimed by many as the best way to relax and escape, but for some, it is the hardest thing in the world to do. For those who find it difficult I suggest going with the guided meditation to start with.
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Allodynia is a painful sensation caused by innocuous stimuli caused by touch, a light breeze and numerous other things that shouldn’t, and generally wouldn’t, cause pain. Allodynia is associated with nerve damage in conditions such as CRPS, Fibromyalgia, etc; and is likely to become an increasing clinical problem, which can also interfere with the treatment of your primary condition(s) – physiotherapy, scrambler therapy, chiropractic treatment and so on.
There are a number of ways you can start to desensitise your allodynia yourself, which may allow you to do it in your own time, at your own pace, in the manner of your choice and without the feeling of pressure or being rushed.
The suggested listed are in no particular order and are simply suggestions. Some may work for you, some may not. I have listed them as I found them.

  • Put your foot or hand in a suitably sized box with a good layer of raw rice in the bottom. Scrunch your toes or fingers in the rice as you might in the sand. Move your foot or hand around and gently sprinkle rice over your foot or hand. Alternate feet and or hands if required
  • Get three types of material or clothing made from different material, one soft, one medium and one rough. Carefully and gently run each piece over the affected area. (Only use the material(s) that your skin can cope with). This may take some time to work up to.
  • Place a number of dice on the floor for feet, table for hands. Using your affected foot or hand only, pick up and move each dice. If both feet and hands are affected swap and repeat.
  • Try the above with dominoes. Instead of picking them up move them so they link together at connecting ends.
  • Water Therapy – In a suitably sized bucket or tub, with water at a temperature best suited to your preference, place ¼ to ½ cup Epsom salts. Move your affected foot or hand around in the water while your skin absorbs the always helpful magnesium.

Water Therapy – Hydrotherapy

Using Somatosensory Rehabilitation to treat Allodynia: “Somatosensory rehabilitation for pain” [#NeuroPainRehab] is a treatment method that includes strategies to help therapists and other health care providers assess and treat allodynia.

This is just a start for gentle desensitisation. Your professional medical support team will have many more ideas and exercises for you.