Helen Nott

Physiotherapist, Activate Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Nelson, NZ

Helen obtained a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1988 and since then has completed numerous post-graduate courses in musculo-skeletal therapy, sport injuries, myofascial release, dry needling, clinical pilates and pain management. She is a certified PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation therapist, a Bradcliff Certified Breathing therapist and a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist.

Helen has particular interests in musculo-skeletal rehabilitation, management of breathing pattern disorders and the treatment of complex pain and works extensively with patients recovering from surgery and cancer therapies as well as in vocational rehabilitation. She is passionate about holistic health care, mind-body medicine and the importance of exercise and breathing to restore and maintain health throughout life.

Physiotherapy Management of Acute Pain in Preventing Chronicity 

This presentation will explore current principles of acute pain management with particular focus on identifying risk factors for chronicity. A biopsychosocial perspective will be discussed; one which is patient- centred and empowers the patient to adopt a self-management approach as an active participant in their recovery. The use of language that promotes recovery, re-assures and reduces fear of movement will be presented together with an analysis of verbal and non-verbal messages that may reduce compliance and prolong pain and distress. The importance of early intervention, patient education and transformative language and movement will be highlighted as well as the healing power of compassion and kindness.