When pain is present in many areas, how can we know what’s causing it? The Integrated Systems Model approach helps physiotherapists determine the primary cause when there are multiple sites of pain or impairment. The approach helps physiotherapists not only understand a patient’s pain, but also understand them as a person. The model considers the interaction and contribution of multiple systems, such as articular, myofascial, neural, visceral, hormonal, and neuroendocrine, and how these can contribute not only to pain, but also to overall health. A physiotherapist using this model can not only determine how to provide pain relief but can also offer steps for pain prevention.
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