Intlife Pain CIC aim to fill gaps currently existent in the NHS pain management service taking a logical approach to pain management.
Although the NHS provides support for chronic pain through a number of outlets, this service can be fragmented, inflexible and lacking in resources. Pain management in the NHS, with a few exceptions, tend to focus on relieving pain symptoms rather than dealing with its source through the use of a handful of tools (mainly physiotherapy, psychology and medication). Drugs such as pain killers and anti-inflammatories often have side-effects.
We aim to feel the gaps within the NHS Pain Management Service, by providing marked pain relief within a short period of time – typically between 4 and 6 sessions – employing integrated drug-free techniques and therapies which have been shown to be effective in managing pain. As there are many reasons for pain and every individual is different, this integrated approach may include one or more therapeutic tools, including changes in diet and lifestyle. Dynamic Release is the core therapy exclusively used by the Intlife Clinic.
Our approach has shown that at least 50% sustainable relief of muscular or joint pain can be achieved within 4 sessions, regardless of how long it has existed and even if certain conditions are present, such as ‘wear and tear’ and osteoarthritis. In some cases 90 to 100% pain relief can be achieved within one session (the expected outcome and length of treatment is discussed at the initial assessment).
As a social enterprise, our aim is to offer simple and effective pain management techniques and training to users as well as therapists and to make this service freely available to low income individuals, especially those living in less affluent areas. We can achieve this by use of surplus funds, involvement of voluntary organisations and dedicated grants where available.
The social and community support aspects of the company
Intlife Pain Management Services CIC was created to serve as a basis from which to build and extend other services to the community. The medium to long term plans include the creation of a mental health service shortly after the pain management service opens.
Our ultimate aim is the creation of an integrated evidence-based multidisciplinary well-being centre based on a biopsychosocial model. This centre is intended to serve as a pilot for delivery of integrated health services at community level. The general plans for this centre have already been drawn and we estimate that we will need to build savings of about £300,000 through a combination of redeployment of profits generated by our private services and public grants.
The progress towards the creation of this well-being centre will be reported in the next conference organised by The Scottish Forum for Public Health (SFPH) and the Social Entrepreneur Network Scotland (Senscot) (‘Social Enterprise and Health Improvement’) due to take place in September 2007.
So, the creation of this pain management service is then just the first (and most challenging) step towards the creation of a more extended service for the community in the long term.
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