Principles of acute injury management have changed several times throughout recent years. Ranging from the ICE policy to the more updated policy of POLICE. Whilst these can be effective for very acute pain they do little to aid recovery within the sub-acute and chronic phases of healing. As such a new principle has been developed to encompass the acute phase of injury (PEACE) and the prolonged healing phases (LOVE).
The new principles can be widely adopted for various injuries from acute sporting injuries such as sprained ankles, and muscle tears to chronic ongoing complaints such as disc pain, neck pain and headaches. The principles are as follows:
Pain management has been shown to be most effective when it follows a biopsychosocial model and not just the physical aspects of the injury. If you have an acute or chronic complaint one of our Osteopaths may be the perfect person to see as they can help you understand this new set of principles as well as provide some beneficial treatment, advice and prescribe exercises to speed up your recovery and reduce the risk of reinjury.