At CAP ,
we have a vision.

Tell me, what attracted you to the field of chronic pain and persistent incapacity?

Christina Anston:
I have always refused to accept people's suffering without fighting to find solutions. I am a fighter, a survivor, it is my nature… This has even become my personal challenge. When people find themselves without the capacity they once had, they are deprived of their freedom and suffer twice as much because in addition to this problem, they now suffer from a feeling of powerlessness and isolation vis-à-vis their close ones and society. It is their self-esteem that is in jeopardy.

What is your philosophy regarding problems related to incapacity?

C.A.: I believe that the techniques that we currently use and are constantly improving, are so much more effective when we treat the person as a whole, throughout the treatment program. We have discovered that the more serious the case, the more we have to turn our attention to the individual to achieve results. It is the individual him or herself, who holds the solution in regaining freedom!

Here at CAP, what approach to treatment do you propose?

C.A.: Too often, in a clinic, people are treated like numbers. They are deindividualized by the system. As well, there is a shortage of place in the public sector, and having to wait so long often makes people feel pushed aside. This causes much anxiety and can aggravate a person’s situation. Since the foundation of the CAP Pain Centre in 2005, we decided that a one on one, case by case approach, best suited our beliefs in treating persistent incapacity. In fact, we personalize everyone’s treatment. At CAP, there is no question that we will not label a client or try and make him or her, fit into a mold. We treat a person, not a file number ! This requires a stronger, closer commitment from each and every member of the team, but we have made it our mission!

What does this mean for the client?

C.A.: It is simple: the client is secured. First, we explain and discuss the plan of treatment with our client, as well as the reasons and goals behind each exercise. We use patience and reassurance to make sure we don’t rush through each important step. With time, every day, more and more, the client takes his/her own treatment in hand. Finally, autonomy is slowly regained with the understanding of the body, with realizing that the treatment is working ! It’s all about finding freedom again!

For over 20 years,
Christina Anston has been
commited to the fight against
persistent incapacity.
Bandeau rose

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