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Chronic Pain

Program Overview

The program was developed through the Stanford University Patient Education Centre, for people living with chronic pain. The program is delivered for 2 hours/week over a 6 week period. The program is co-facilitated by 2 leaders and delivered I community setting within the Mississauga Halton region.

What participants can expect

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain.


What happens in the workshop?

Workshop groups meet once a week for 2.5 hours, over six weeks. There are ten to fifteen participants in each workshop. In the workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Use techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep
  • Exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Use of medications
  • Use of communication skills
  • Healthy eating
  • Pacing activity and rest and
  • How to evaluate new treatments
Participants take an active role in the workshop. They set individual goals each week and work to accomplish their goals throughout the following week. Participants are asked to share their goals and progress with the group. 

Who can Attend?

Adults experiencing:

  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain (such as chronic neck, shoulder, back pain etc.)
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Chronic regional pain syndromes
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months
  • Neuropathic pain (often caused by trauma)
  • Neuralgias (such as post herpetic pain, and trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Post-stroke or central pain
  • Persistent headache
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Diabetes and who have neuropathy
  • Severe muscular pain due to conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis

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