Two-day pain rehabilitation program

The two-day pain rehabilitation program provides adults with chronic pain with an overview of skills for self-managing pain. Staff focuses on helping people whose pain can't be cured to learn which aspects of their pain and life they can control.

People that struggle with chronic pain that negatively affects their functioning and moods, or whose life, personal and work abilities are in decline, may be appropriate candidates for the two-day program.

Candidates for the two-day program may not be able to attend the three-week program because of time limitations or financial concerns.

A doctor trained in pain management leads an integrated team of clinical nurse specialists, nurses and mental health therapists in the two-day program.

The program uses a cognitive behavioral model to teach people coping skills to manage pain, while preventing further decline in function, preventing increasing medication usage or preventing relying on medical care.

Staff in the program teaches several concepts including:

  • Conservative medical and medication treatment
  • Stress management
  • The difference between pain that is short lasting (acute) or long lasting (chronic)
  • Minimization of pain behaviors
  • Relaxation training
  • Daily exercise
  • Moderation
  • How to cope with the emotional aspects of chronic pain

The two-day program incorporates core components to help adults manage their pain, but doesn't include physical or occupational therapy.

The program is held every three weeks, on Monday and Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Family programming is offered for family members to learn how to support those with chronic pain and care for themselves.

Goals

Strategies and goals for people to have an improved quality of life and improved daily functioning include:

  • Learn stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Improve communication in interpersonal relationships
  • Return to work, leisure or social activities
  • Learn appropriate use of pain medications
  • Minimize pain behaviors
  • Create exercise goals
  • Learn moderation techniques
  • Reduce reliance on health care professionals
  • Improve ability to self-manage pain