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Living Well with Chronic Pain

January 24th, 2022 to March 7th, 2022
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Self-Management Program of Southeastern Ontario
This workshop is online only.

This workshop has 5 remaining seat(s).

FREE workshop that helps to actively achieve best health & wellness while living with chronic pain.

This is a 6-week class, once a week on Mondays from 1:30pm to 4:00pm EST. There will also be a 15-30 minute orientation for using Zoom.

Due to funding regulations, priority will be given to those living in Southeastern Ontario.

The Living Well with Chronic Pain Workshop provides information and skills to those living with chronic pain, helping them better manage their condition and achieve their best health and wellness.

This FREE workshop is for adults of all ages experiencing a wide range of chronic pain conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, repetitive strain injury, chronic regional pain syndrome, post stroke or central pain, neuropathic pain, among others. These workshops are also open to family members and caregivers.

Participants meet in groups of 5 to 15 individuals for 2.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks, and will also receive a free copy of the book Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain and the audio CD Relaxation for Mind and Body (both hard and soft copies available). The workshops are led by two trained leaders who are usually volunteers with chronic pain themselves.

Participants report improvement in their lifestyle and general health, as well as improved symptom management and better communication with their doctors. They also spend less time in the hospital compared to those who have not taken the workshop.

This workshop is an evidence-based self-management program originally developed at Stanford University and currently supported by the Self-Management Resource Center.

Session 1

  • Overview of self-management
  • Debunking myths
  • What is chronic pain?
  • Making action plans (all sessions)

Session 2

  • Feedback/problem solving
  • Fitness/exercise
  • Pacing activity and rest
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms

Session 3

  • Feedback/problem solving
  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Difficult emotions
  • Fatigue/sleep

Session 4

  • Communication
  • Healthy Eating

Session 5

  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Medications
  • Depression

Session 6

  • Using your mind to manage symptoms
  • Communication
  • Making treatment decisions
  • Working with your health care professional
  • Future plans
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