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Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain is a six week workshop for anyone suffering from pain, which could include but is not limited to: low back pain, pain for motor vehicle accidents, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc. Anyone can register themselves for a workshop; no referral from a health care professional is needed. The program was developed through the Stanford University Patient Education Centre, for people living with chronic pain. Workshops are highly interactive and offer the Moving Easy Program which is a gentle movement program in addition to the topics listed below.

 

Workshop Overview

Session 1

  • What is Pain?
  • The Mind-Body Connection/Distraction
  • Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
  • Introduction to Action Plans

 

Session 2

  • Feedback and Problem-Solving
  • Dealing with Difficult Emotions
  • Introduction to Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Better Breathing and Relaxation Body Scan
  • Fatigue Management
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 3

  • Feedback and Problem-Solving
  • Moving Easy Program
     (10 minute exercise program done sitting down or standing up with a chair)
  • Pacing and Planning
  • Evaluating Treatments
  • Evaluating Treatments
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 4

  • Practice Moving Easy Program
  • Healthy Eating
  • Communication Skills
    (Using “I” Messages)
  • Problem-Solving
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 5

  • Feedback and Problem-Solving
  • Practice Moving Easy Program
  • Medications for Chronic Pain
  • Dealing with Depression
  • Positive Thinking
  • Stress and Guided Imagery Relaxation
  • Making an Action Plan

Session 6

  • Feedback
  • Working with Your Health Care Professional and Health Care Organization
  • Communicating about Pain
  • Weight Management
  • Looking Back and Planning for the Future

 

How do I Register?

To participate in this workshop, go to the  Workshop Registration page, or call 905-338-4432 for more information.