The longer that someone suffers from chronic pain, the more that pain can affect both physical and emotional health. CPM Centres for Pain Management conducts a FREE 6 Week Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, and is a 12 hour group-based patient program that was developed by researchers at Stanford University in California and customized to meet the needs of chronic pain. The CPM Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a psychoeducational, cognitive behavioral program which helps patients better understand the chronic pain process and teaches non-medicated coping strategies and goal setting.
Subjects covered include:
- Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation;
- Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance;
- Appropriate use of medications;
- Communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals;
- Nutrition, and;
- How to evaluate new treatments.
It is the process in which the program is taught that makes it effective. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.
Does the program replace existing programs and treatments?
The Self-Management Program will not conflict with existing programs or treatment. It is designed to enhance regular treatment and disease-specific education such as, cardiac rehabilitation, or diabetes instruction. In addition, many people have more than one chronic condition. The program is especially helpful for these people, as it gives them the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health, as well as to help them keep active in their lives.