What is the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program?
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.
For an overview of the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, click here.
Who can attend?
• 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
• as well as their family, friends and/or caregivers.
What does it cost to attend?
It is FREE to participants, and participants receive for free the Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions course book, the Chronic Pain Workbook, and the Moving Easy Program CD. All participants must pre-register for a workshop. We suggest participants attend all six sessions if possible. The more sessions attended, the more benefit!
What happens in the workshop?
Workshop groups meet once a week for 2½ hours, over six weeks. There are ten to sixteen 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;
• communication skills;
• healthy eating;
• pacing activity and rest;
• goal setting; 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 leads the workshops?
The workshop is led by two individuals who have taken special training. The leaders are volunteers, many living with chronic pain themselves.
Who developed the program?
The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a licensed program developed and researched by Memorial University in conjunction with Stanford University. It follows a standardized format that is proven to help people learn to better manage the symptoms of chronic pain. It is considered a best practice program in self-management.
How do I get involved?
Please review the list of active workshops on the homepage or contact us.