What exactly is the biopsychosocial model?
The BPS approach systematically considers biological, psychological, and social factors in an individual. Indeed, their complex interactions help in understanding pain.
- Biology (disease, injury).
- Psychological (thoughts, emotions & behaviours towards pain >> fear/avoidance, beliefs etc).
- Social (environmental & cultural factors such as work issues, family circumstances and benefits/economics).
How is it working?
Our osteopath applies communication skills to implement the biopsychosocial model in clinical practice:
• Recognize that relationships between those 3 factors are essential to the delivery of health care.
•Active listening of the patient’s story (no interruption).
• Use self-awareness as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
• Also elicit the patient’s pain history in the context of life circumstances.
• Decide which aspects of biological, psychological, & social factors are most important to understand and promoting the patient’s health.
• Provide of course pain education to avoid negative belief about the current pain.
This approach is commonly used in chronic pain managament. Pain is undoubtly multidimensionnal. More, you shouldn’t explain it just because of anatomical factors.
When consult an osteopath?
Osteopathy can help you for many reasons of consultation. As an example, osteopath treat disorders from back pain to headaches, and gut disorders.
Most of acute conditions can be treated in 1 to 2 sessions, if treated quickly after onset of symptoms. Hence, chronic pain will require probably more according to your pain history.
Moreover, pain education that we teach will help you achieve better outcomes for your symptoms.