Chronic Pain Self Management: Making Life Better Even When the Pain Won’t Stop
Wednesdays, July 12—August 16, 1:00-3:30pm, Trailside Center, 4700 Dublin Ave. in Midland
$25 Suggested Donation
Pain can make everything in your life come to a grinding halt. We have all experienced pain at some point, but when pain becomes an unending reality, new tactics and techniques must be developed to allow you to live fully in spite of the hurt. Living well with chronic pain is easier said than done. Sufferers struggle with medication management, sleep deprivation and a whole host of mental and emotional challenges that tend to follow in the wake of chronic pain.
The wonderful thing about the Chronic Pain Self Management workshop is that it gives people the support and confidence they need to resume healthy, active lives in spite of their pain. The effectiveness of this class has been proven through multiple studies. Research found that, on average, people who have participated in the program have more vitality or energy, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, are more involved in everyday activities, and are more satisfied with their lives compared to those who have not taken the program. It was also found to be beneficial for participants in terms of coping skills, education and overall quality of life.
We asked past participants of this program to list the changes they made as a result of taking this class. Here are their responses:
“I have learned to pace myself better and ask for help when needed.”
“Instead of taking a strong medication, I take a lesser dose and do stretching/light exercise. I take meds less often.”
“Rest more often when needed. Count backwards or sing a song in my head to distract and think of something else than pain.”
“Move more often, more sleep, better diet.”
This excellent evidence-based program is appropriate for those with chronic pain and caring family members. Meeting 2.5 hours once per week for six weeks and led by two trained leaders, the class covers such topics as: techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving health, and much more. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build confidence in one’s ability to manage health and maintain an active and fulfilling life.
The Chronic Pain Self Management Program is supported by funds from the Older Americans Act. Call 633-3700 to register. Are you wondering if this class is for you? Attend a short informational meeting on Wednesday, July 5 from 12:30-1:00pm.