Helping Organisations to Support Employees with Pain

L&M’s comprehensive pain management psychology support enables organisations to support employees with injury or pain, and to embed good pain-prevention and support practice within their culture.

Why pain management is important for business.

Every business should be aware of the amount of days lost to musculoskeletal injury and pain-related absence, and of its direct cost. Across the UK,
 

  • Musculoskeletal injury accounts for 6.9 million (29% of all) working days lost due to work-related ill-health, with on average, each case being absent for 14 days (Labour Force Survey, 2018/19).

What is less known are the hidden costs of injury and pain, e.g., of reduced; productivity, presenteeism, and work-place morale, and short/long term losses of expertise. This is particularly the case with chronic pain. 2/5ths of the UK population are affected by chronic pain every day, whilst despite chronic pain being associated with increased age, all ages can be effected, i.e., as high as 30% of 18-39 year olds may have chronic pain (Fayaz, et al. 2016).

The role of psychology in healing and pain.

Acute pain is the result of an injury or disease that usually lasts for a specific amount of time and fades as its cause heals. Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the normal tissue healing time of 3 months, and may occur in the absence of any physical damage. Pain messages from the body are interpreted and regulated within the brain’s emotional centre. As such, our mood state and what we believe and think about our injury and pain can:
 

  • Affect the extent and speed of recovery from acute injury and pain.
  • Increase the likelihood of an acute injury recurring.
  • Lead acute injury and pain to become chronic pain.
  • Lead to chronic pain without any obvious physical damage.

This in turn has a cyclical effect on our perceived and real functional ability, mood state, relationships, and thus our subjective wellbeing, ability to work, and quality of life.

L&M Support

All pain management psychology support is delivered by our personable, BPS Chartered Psychologists, who can co-ordinate with other medical professionals as required. Our support is: effective, cost-effective, and grounded in research and good practice. It can be flexible to your specific needs, but might include:

High functioning individuals expect to be able to live and work optimally. Injury and pain can therefore be as frustrating as debilitating, and can lead to beliefs and reductions in mood state that; exacerbate their pain, increase the likelihood of chronic pain, and further reduce their functional capacity and quality of life.

L&M’s Pain Management Mentoring helps individuals:

  • Understand the role of psychology in how they experience pain.
  • Increase their awareness of, and challenge, counter-productive pain-related beliefs.
  • Consider and adopt more helpful beliefs and actions that will enable them to better manage the influence of pain on their work and personal life.

Mentoring is completed face-to-face or on-line, and can co-ordinate with medical professionals as required.

 
All of the following workshops can be delivered face-to-face or on-line, in one-hour sessions or in ½ day/1 day segments.

A series of educational, but user-friendly and collaborative workshops where individuals:

  • Gain increased understanding of how the body and brain respond to injury and process pain.
  • Have the opportunity to discuss and consider pain-reduction technique application.
  • Gain/give social support.

Due to the importance of social support for improved coping, L&M can also facilitate supportive forums for employees with pain. Here, we use our expertise to educate as required, but also to nurture the sharing of personal experiences, guidance and encouragement.

For maximum results, workshops can also be supplemented with 1-2-1 Pain Management Mentoring to enable more personalised discussion and change support.

Managing employees with pain can be difficult, especially when their pain is chronic and affects their work capacity.

This workshop will:

  • Demystify the experience and myths of being in pain.
  • Help managers consider how to best provide day-to-day support to colleagues with pain.
  • Highlight some of the cultural processes and managerial behaviours that can lead to work-related pain and the manager’s role in preventing pain.

Seeing a loved one in pain is difficult, as is coping with the consequence of their pain on your own life and your relationship with them.

This workshop will:

  • Demystify the experience and myths of being in pain.
  • Help employees consider how to best communicate with, and provide day-to-day support to, their loved ones with pain.
  • Help employees consider the importance of their own wellbeing if they are to be effective for their own lives and in the support of others.

 
L&M’s post-doctoral researchers are ideally placed to design and conduct research.

You will have your organisation’s specific pain-related questions in mind, but for example:
 

  • How can we reduce the amount of work-related employee injury and pain?
  • How can we reduce stress-related pain?
  • Is our culture supportive of those with, or those who support those with, injury and pain?

Please contact us to discuss your organisation’s pain-related needs and how we might support you.