Understanding approaches to managing pain and discomfort.
1. Explain the importance of a holistic approach to managing pain and discomfort.
Using a holistic approach is important because it gets to the root of the problem, the reason your having pain to begin with. Pain may be coming from another part of of the body.
When you try to find out where the pain originates from this can help you to decide the best way to treat it. When you know the cause, you can resolve the problem more accurately. Pain maybe emotional pain if they are concerned about something, it may also be due to anxiety/ worry about what may happen to them.
2. Describe different approaches to alleviate pain and minimise discomfort.
Repositioning individuals and adjustments to bedding, heating, lighting or noise can also be a factor and the use of specialised mattresses such as air mattresses and equipment and pressure reducing aids can help to alleviate pain.
There are many options to minimise discomfort such as :
Doctors most often use conventional methods such as drugs.
Physiotherapists rely on physical means of treatment such as; massages, electrical therapies, hot or cold packs and complementary therapists use methods such as: acupuncture, herbal medication, aromatherapy or chiropractic.
Relieving anxiety by talking to therapies.
3. Outline AGREED WAYS OF WORKING that relate to managing pain and discomfort.
Homes policies for pain management.
Prescribed medication- via GP
Practical measures from Health care assistance i.e. changing positions of individuals etc.
HSC2003-Outcome 2- assist in minimising individuals pain or discomfort.
1. Describe how pain and discomfort may affect an INDIVIDUAL’S well-being and communication.
Pain can effect individuals communication so it is therefore important to observe their behaviour for signs of pain. The individual may become distressed and agitated and they may shout...