Occupational Therapy for Chronic Pain

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with chronic pain. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with chronic pain?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with chronic pain in several ways:

1. Pain management:

Occupational therapists can help individuals develop strategies to manage and reduce their pain, such as relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices. They can also recommend adaptive equipment or modifications to daily activities to reduce pain levels.

2. Activity pacing:

Occupational therapists can teach individuals how to balance activities throughout the day to avoid exacerbating their pain. They can guide patients in setting realistic goals and breaking tasks into manageable parts, reducing the risk of overexertion and flare-ups.

3. Energy conservation:

By analysing daily routines and activities, occupational therapists can help individuals identify energy-draining tasks and suggest modifications or assistive devices to conserve energy. This helps individuals accomplish necessary activities while minimizing pain and fatigue.

4. Adaptive strategies:

Occupational therapists can teach adaptive techniques to help individuals perform daily activities with less pain. They may suggest alternative postures, body mechanics, or assistive devices to reduce strain and discomfort during tasks like dressing, bathing, and cooking.

5. Psychological support:

Chronic pain can often lead to emotional distress and impact an individual’s mental well-being. Occupational therapists can provide emotional support and coping strategies to help individuals manage the psychological aspects of chronic pain.

6. Lifestyle modifications:

Occupational therapists can assist in making necessary modifications to an individual’s living environment and workspaces, such as ergonomic changes, to reduce pain triggers and optimize their overall function.

7. Occupational engagement:

Engaging in meaningful occupations and activities is essential for an individual’s overall well-being. Occupational therapists can help individuals identify activities they enjoy and develop strategies to participate in them despite their pain. This can improve mood, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.

It is important to note that occupational therapy approaches may vary based on the specific needs and goals of each individual. A comprehensive assessment by an occupational therapist will allow them to tailor interventions to the unique requirements of the person with chronic pain disorder.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with chronic pain disorder. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for chronic pain

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with chronic pain disorder in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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