LIVING WELL WITH CHRONIC PAIN

A group workshop designed to help you live a healthy life with your chronic pain by managing your symptoms.  Participants set goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve their health.  Workshops are interactive and focus on peer support.  A resource book provided for class participants.


 
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CONTENT  

Topics covered in the Living Well with Chronic Pain workshop include techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, nutrition,  pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments.

TIME

Workshop sessions take place 1x/week for siz weeks. Each session is 2.5 hour in length. Classes are facilitated by a pair of trained leaders.

VERSIONS

No different versions are offered in SE MN at this time.

AUDIENCE

The Living Well with Chronic Pain workshop is for anyone living with chronic pain.  Pain is defined as being chronic or long term when it lasts for longer than 3 to 6 months, or beyond the normal healing time of an injury. Examples of chronic pain conditions are: chronic musculo-skeletal pain (such as neck, shoulder, back pain, etc.), fibromyalgia, whiplash injuries, chronic regional pain syndromes, repetitive strain injury, post-surgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain, post stroke or central pain, persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, or those who experience severe muscular pain due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

 

COST

Most workshops are offered on a free-will donation basis.