The Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM) Course offered by CPM Centres for Pain Management Hamilton, helps participants learn the essential practice of mindfulness and formal meditation. Participants are taught to integrate mindfulness practice into their every-day lives through concepts of non-judging, patience, trust, non-striving, acceptance and beginner’s mind. For homework, they experience doing tasks mindfully, such as activities of daily living: eating, exercise/movement, and sleep. The goal is to correlate life events and lifestyle with pain exacerbations, and improve quality of life.
Outcomes: Expected outcomes include a re-framing of the pain experience to be less intrusive and disabling. Stress resilience may also increase. Research on this course has shown pain catastrophizing constructs, known to be correlated directly with disability, decrease, mental well-being increases and suffering decreases, all significantly.
Participants have reported a range of benefits, including:
- Reduced or no pain;
- Improved sleep;
- Improved relationships or better boundaries with relationships;
- Increased happiness;
- Reduced medication needs;
- Improved productivity at home or at work; and fewer days lost to illness;
- Return to work, even after more than 2 years of absence, has been reported by up to 20% of non-retired participants of our courses.
Helping Your Patient to Succeed: As a lifestyle practice, we recommend that chronic pain sufferers meditate for at least 20 minutes, at least 5 days a week. It is important to continue with practice for the best benefit.
(Currently only offered at the Hamilton location)