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Acute and Chronic Pain

Acute, Subacute and Chronic Pain

There are several different ways of defining pain. The most common descriptions used are subacute pain, acute pain, and chronic pain, and are normally defined by units of time. But the concepts on which they are based are more fundamentally related to causation and prognosis.

Subacute pain is a subset of acute pain: It is pain that has been present for at least 6 weeks but less than 3 months.

Acute pain is pain that has been present for less than 3 months.

Chronic pain is pain that has been present for more than 3 months.


I treat each stage of pain specifically, integrating different therapeutic interventions to promote the healing and recovery process. We begin with:

  1. Orthopedic Massage & Manual Therapy

  2. Exercise Prescriptions

  3. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) – Depending on your specific needs, the RICE model may be recommended to facilitate the recovery process.


The ultimate goal is to treat the underlying condition(s), address any muscular conditions that are preventing a full recovery, and identify existing movement patterns or habits that are contributing to the ongoing cycle of pain.

Additional therapeutic interventions available that may be utilized during your session include:

  1. Normatec Recovery System sessions

  2. Therapeutic Stretching sessions

  3. Kinesio Taping (Rock Tape)

  4. Dry Cupping

  5. Myofascial Release Therapy

  6. Thermotherapy

  7. Cryotherapy

  8. Movement Therapy